26 people facing 326 charges for alleged car insurance fraud ring
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Arrest warrants have been issued for 26 people in connection to an alleged automobile insurance fraud ring centered in Columbus.
According to the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, the ring allegedly staged car accidents in order to file false claims that resulted in payouts of almost $156,000 from 12 different insurance companies. Fraud investigators found that the ring attempted to get payouts totaling more than $500,000.
The warrants, filed on Wednesday, come after a 16-month investigation.
The 26 suspects face a total of 326 charges for allegedly submitting more than 50 suspicious claims for damage that occurred before the vehicles were insured.
The insurance companies victimized by the ring were GEICO, State Farm, Nationwide, Safe Auto, Allstate, Progressive, USAA, Georgia Farm Bureau, Safeway, Everest National, Direct Auto and General Insurance.
The suspects are facing charges ranging from fraud, racketeering, theft by deception, identity fraud and exploitation of an elder person.
Warrants were issued for the following suspects:
- Devonta Waddy, 24 – Lumpkin, GA
- Rodney R. Lockett, 25 – Columbus, GA
- Maurice Young, 34 – Americus, GA
- Kamesha Lockett, 23 – Lumpkin, GA
- Nekito Jones, 40 – Richland, GA
- Terry Lyn Jones Johnson, 45 – Richland, GA
- Jasmine D. Pollard, 24 – Richland, GA
- Jason D. Martain, 23 – Columbus, GA
- Safia A Streetman, 40 – Columbus, GA
- Leroy L. Johnson, 49 – Richland, GA
- KeShawn Pollard, 23 – Richland, GA
- Kenya N. Daniels, 24 – Albany, GA
- Brittany C. Green, 28 - St. Marys, GA1 Count of Racketeering
- Deidra S. Holmes, 35 – Cuthbert, GA
- Devonta D. Josey, 23 – Richland, GA
- Deandre R. Nelson, 26 - Buena Vista, GA
- Shalawn L. Williams, 42 - East Point, GA
- Timothy M. Lewis, 25 – Columbus, GA
- Emory C. Stevens, Jr., 27 – Columbus, GA
- Mackery A. Strong, 28 – Columbus, GA
- Corderro D. Thomas, 24 – Lumpkin, GA
- Moses Jackson, 32 – Lumpkin, GA
- Tremaine J. Johnson, 34 - Phenix City, AL
- Angelia E. Jones, 49 – Columbus, GA
- Chandra Michelle Jones, 44 – Richland, GA
- Annie P. Wright, 56 – Lumpkin, GA