Many Georgia residents and others around the county have a good working relationship with their insurance agents. The agents frequently understand the needs of their clients and offer products and services specifically tailored to their situation. Recently, however, two individuals were accused of committing insurance fraud, following an investigation by state authorities.

The state insurance commissioner reported that a 34-year-old woman and her 48-year-old husband were arrested in their home. Purportedly, information from the man’s previous client base was used by the couple. The information was used without the former clients’ knowledge. With the information, the couple allegedly stole over $11,000 in commission fees. Officials believe that the total amount taken could rise over $100,000.

The woman faces charges of insurance fraud, exploitation of an elder, forgery and identify fraud. The man was charged with insurance fraud and exploitation of an elder. According to officials, the company remains in the Troup County jail.

The woman has worked since 2010 as a licensed life and health insurance agent. If she is convicted of the charges, she may have to pay administrative fines and her license may be suspended or revoked. The man was a former insurance agent; however, he had not practiced since Nov. 2016.

Insurance fraud in Georgia is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. Penalties for conviction may include fines, paying restitution and/or significant time in jail. It is imperative to seek the counsel of a savvy criminal defense attorney for assistance. An experienced lawyer can work with clients to develop the strongest defense possible to minimize the negative impact on someone’s life.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Couple charged in $11,000 insurance fraud scam“, Raisa Habersham, Sept. 6, 2017