New Georgia Insurance Chief focuses on fighting fraud in the first month at the office

Georgian insurance commissioner Jim Beck has been complaining about insurance fraud since taking office on 15 January, citing the arrests of 11 people for various fraud-related activities and guilty pleas from nine people for extortion and insurance fraud.

"Whenever the citizens of Georgia issue a check for an insurance premium, they pay for insurance fraud, which is why fighting fraud is one of my main priorities: Criminals would not earn their living at the expense of hard-working Georgians," Beck said.

Beck, who swore to defend the consumer against insurance fraud during his campaign, released the following details of fraud recordings via the Georgia Department of Insurance:

  • Bryan Matthew Reynolds, 39, from Woodstock, Georgia, was arrested in Bibb County on January 19 on two points of insurance fraud and two counts of theft by deception. Details of the costs were not released.
  • Antoine Sleiman Rached Sr., 38, from Atlanta, Georgia, was arrested in Fulton County on January 22, one count of insurance fraud and one count of theft by deception. Details of the costs were not released.
  • Michael Lashan Heller, 42, of Columbus, Ga. Was arrested on January 18 in Bibb County on two points of insurance fraud and one count of forgery in the first degree. Details of the costs were not released.
  • Howard Harden, 42, from Monroe, Georgia, was arrested on 24 January in Walton County on one point of insurance fraud. Details of the costs were not released.
  • Maria Luisa Blanco, 55, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was arrested in DeKalb County on January 25 and accused of counting selling insurance without a license. Blanco is accused of selling compensation policy for employees without a license to do so. She operated from a company known as Central Tax in Atlanta.
  • George Ashley Lewis, 42, from Lyon, Georgia, was arrested on 25 January in Toombs County on two points of insurance fraud. Lewis is accused of stealing premiums from consumers. This case was carried out in collaboration with the Lyons Police Department.
  • Patricia Marie Crawford, 53, from Kennesaw, Georgia, was arrested in Cobb County on January 29th at two points of insurance fraud, one count of identity fraud, one count of theft by deception, one count of forgery, one count of financial transaction card fraud, one count of making false statements in a case within the jurisdiction of the state. Crawford is accused of acting as a licensed psychologist doing business from an office building and her home in Kennesaw. She founded herself in Cobb Co. Jail on January 29.
  • Michael Simpson, 54, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, was arrested in Gwinnett County on February 6 on insurance fraud. Simpson is accused of changing medical records after a car accident that occurred in April 2016. After not being found guilty, he filed property damage and physical injury with GEICO, the wrong driver company. Simpson ordered an MRI and transferred medical records with a torn meniscus. After the legitimate records were obtained, it appeared that an MRI had not been ordered and that the torn meniscus was never diagnosed.
  • Marcus Kentoya Johnson, 39, of Milledgeville, Ga., Was arrested in Bibb County on February 8 for two counts of insurance fraud, a count of forgery and five counts of identity fraud. Johnson is accused of having slip and dropping accidents. He allegedly entered several companies, claiming that he had slipped and been injured, and then using fictitious names to file claims in an attempt to hide his identity and any type of pattern.
  • Anthony Bernard Crosby, 55, of Atlanta was arrested on February 12 in Fulton County for two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of forgery and two counts of theft by conversion. Crosby is accused of having forged the statement of insurance pages for two customers. Furthermore, he is accused of forging the signatures for the aforementioned customers to change the premium amounts and increase the amount of funds, which he then offered the customers to deposit the money into his personal bank account in the name of a bank transfer. fictitious business he started.
  • Founder and managing partner of GFG Strategic Advisors Dean Harrison Grant, 53, of Milledgeville, Ga. Was arrested after allegedly taking money from victims for investments related to investments that have never been made. Grant is accused of receiving a total of $ 589,384 from his three victims for securing insurance-related investments, of which $ 447,589 is borrowed from two older clients. According to GADOI, Harrison has not obtained any insurance investments with the money he has received from his customers and has used it for personal benefit instead. Grant is faced with three counts of insurance fraud, three counts of theft by taking, two counts of trafficking from an older person and one count of forgery in the first degree. Baldwin County Sheriff's Office and investigators in the fraud unit of the Department of Insurance handle the arrest.

Nine people plead guilty to extortion

An extensive three-year investigation by the Department of Fraud of the Ministry of Insurance in Georgia, in collaboration with the Bibb County District Attorney's Office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, has resulted in nine guilty pleas in the Bibb County Superior Court for temporary agency work and insurance fraud.

The leader of the ring, Alfanza McKeever Jr., and eight co-perpetrators pleaded guilty to extortion as part of an extensive insurance fraud plan that extended from Decatur to Macon.

McKeever, the owner of a car body in Decatur, would recruit individuals to do accidents with vehicles he owned, and then all parties involved would file claims with their car insurance companies for damage to vehicles and personal injury. McKeever would also add damage to vehicles in his body shop in an attempt to increase the payments that he received from insurance companies.

"There were strong indications that McKeever had been involved in this type of activity for more than 10 years and insurance companies may have saved more than $ 250,000 in compensation payments.Although Alfanza McKeever has been sued in the past by local authorities, he has always found a way to defend the legal system, and this time we wanted to ensure that his criminal activity ended for good, "said Beck.

McKeever's guilty plea resulted in a two-year prison sentence, 13 years of intensive conditional release and a total refund of $ 35,460. The eight co-defendants also pleaded guilty to extortion and were sentenced to 15 years of probation and refund.

"I am extremely proud of the special agents in our Fraud department for the work they have already accomplished, and my government will continue to work hard to fight all instances of fraud in the state of Georgia," Beck said in a January 25 statement. I am very passionate about the fair treatment of the citizens of our state, and insurance fraud of any kind will not be taken lightly. "

Source: Georgia Department of Insurance

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