Fla. Business Owner Charged with Fraud

November 25, 2003

The owner of a Tallahassee, Florida pool construction business has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud and uttering a forged instrument.

Wilbur Sellars, owner of Pro Pools Inc., surrendered last Thursday to the charges and was arrested by investigators with the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud. He was booked into the Leon County Jail, with bond set at $1,000, and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

The department began investigating Sellars, 56, after receiving a telephone call from an insurance agency who had been asked to verify insurance coverage for Pro Pools Inc. The agency said it appeared someone had issued altered insurance certificates. Department investigators said they determined that Sellars had reportedly instructed an employee to alter an old insurance certificate and then present the fake certificate to a local homeowner and a business.

This case will be prosecuted in the Second Judicial Circuit.

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