A county commissioner from Glynn County, Georgia, and his wife have been charged with insurance fraud as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation.

Robert "Bob" Lamar Coleman, 69, and his 59-year-old wife, Sherry Elaine Coleman, both of Brunswick, are charged with 15 counts of violating the Georgia Insurance Code. A grand jury from Glynn County charged them on Wednesday, said Stan Bexley, director of the council's law enforcement division.

The two long-standing insurance agents, the Coleman, are accused of defrauding 10 different victims. According to the indictment, the couple is accused of defrauding clients who paid them for workmen's compensation insurance and other types of insurance.

Neither Coleman could be reached for a comment on Wednesday.

Bexley said the investigation had started a year ago. There is a possibility of additional victims and charges, he said.

Robert Coleman represents At-Large Post 2 at the Glynn County Commission and is in his third term. The couple owns and operates the Coleman Insurance Agency in Brunswick.

Robert Coleman's state insurance license expired on November 30 for non-renewal. His wife remained active until June 30, 2020, according to the archives of the Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Bureau.

Bexley stated that any business owner who took out workers' compensation insurance through Colemans, as well as any general contractor who received an insurance certificate from their agency during both past years, is invited to contact the Board at the following address: 404) 657-7285 or (800) 533-0682.

He also said that people should check their workers' compensation coverage by using the council's website, sbwc.georgia.gov, or by contacting the insurance company directly. All other types of insurance coverage, such as motor vehicle, home or general liability, must be verified directly with the insurance company, said Bexley.

Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075