Georgia Residents Arrested for Staging Car Crash

March 20, 2015

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says seven central Georgia residents accused of staging a car crash have been charged with insurance fraud.

An investigation by Hudgens’ Fraud Division revealed that on September 5, 2013, Kokeythia B. Glover, Stephanie James, Alicia Bell, Erion Phillips, Marcus Pertillo, Kentaurus Taylor and Bernard Taylor planned
and participated in the staged auto crash scheme.

Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday that the crash on Sept. 5, 2013 the staged accident, which occurred
at the intersection of Patterson Street and Birch Street,between James’ 1998 BMW 325i and Glover’s rented
Ford U-Haul truck resulted in more than $8,000 in fraudulent claims being paid by two insurers.

Commissioner’s spokesman Glenn Allen says the office began investigating the case in October 2014 and got one of the suspects to confess in the scheme. Allen says additional suspects also gave inconsistent statements about what happened in the crash when they were interviewed.

Officials say the seven suspects have surrendered to authorities and will be prosecuted by the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office.

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