Arkansas Insurance Department
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CID Convictions

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MCCAULEY, CYNTHIA - On December 5, 2016, in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Cynthia McCauley entered a plea of No Contest to one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Insurance Fraud (Class A Misdemeanor).  She was given a $250 fine to be paid within the next 6 months, plus court costs.  On January 15, 2015, McCauley filed an automobile claim with GEICO Insurance, claiming damage to the left front of her car.  Upon  inspection, it was determined that the damage was pre-existing, as it had been noted as such on a claim that she filed with GEICO on November 21,2014.  The claim was denied and no payments were made. MCCOY, SHETRINA - On November 29 2016, in Bradley County Circuit Court Shetrina McCoy entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts.  She was sentenced to 12 months of probation, as a suspended imposition of sentence.  On or about August 22, 2014, Relinka Johnson produced a counterfeit insurance identification card, and sold said card to Shetrina McCoy for McCoy to use in an attempt to register her vehicle at the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles. JOHNSON, RELINKA - On November 29, 2016, in BradleyCounty Circuit Court Relinka Johnson entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts.  She was sentenced to 3 years of probation and the sentence. The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On or about August 22, 2014, Relinka Johnson produced a counterfeit insurance identification card, and sold said card to Shetrina McCoy for McCoy to use in an attempt to register her vehicle at the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles. WALLACE, CHRISTOPHER - On November 21, 2016, in Garland County Circuit Court Christopher Wallace entered a negotiated plea of guilty and was sentenced to 2 years probation, a $500.00 fine and court costs. The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On February 24, 2014, Mrs. Faustine Wallace was involved in a crash, Charleston Police Department investigated.  Mrs. Wallace presented an ALFA Vision Insurance card, ALFA Insurance was notified that Mrs. Wallace was represented by law firm Lane, Muse, Arman & Pullen who forwarded correspondence to ALFA Insurance that included a copy of the insurance card.  ALFA Insurance determined that the card presented to the police officer and to the law firm was fictitious.  Her husband, Christopher Wallace admitted that he had photo copied an old card and changed the dates to reflect that he had a current policy with ALFA. RICHARD, JUDY - On November 15, 2016,  Judy Richard appeared in Arkansas County Circuit Court and entered a plea of guilty.  She was sentenced to 36 months probation, fine of $1,000 plus court costs and 100 hours of community service within 6 months.  On February 23, 2016 Judy Richard was involved in an accident in a white 2013 Nissan Altima in the Walmart parking lot in Stuttgart.   Stuttgart Police officers responded and filed a report.   At the time of the accident, Ms. Richards had no insurance on her vehicle.  On February 25, 2016 Judy Richard insured a white 2013 Nissan Altima with Direct General Insurance by telephone and  a policy was issued. Then on February 28, 2016 she telephoned the 24hour claim number and reported a loss that she said occurred at approximately 8 PM on February 27, 2016. Ms. Richard said that she was avoiding another vehicle on the Wal Mart parking lot in Stuttgart, Arkansas when she struck a light pole causing damage to the right front of her car. Ms. Richard further stated during the recorded call that the accident was not reported to the police.  After it was determined that a report had been filed our division investigators made contact with Ms. Richards and she admitted that the accident occurred on February 23, 2016 and that her car was uninsured at the time. DUIS, SHANNON - On November 4, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Johnson County, Case No. CR16-169, Shannon Duis (45 of Lamar) entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraudulent insurance acts (D felony) and one count of forgery in the second degree (C felony). She was sentenced to 6 years of probation, a $2,000 fine, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $360.30, and court costs. Duis established an account with AFLAC for accident insurance under the name of Betty Phipps, as an employee of Kendall Phipps Trucking. Duis signed Betty Phipps’ name to the policy application without her knowledge or consent, and submitted the application again without Phipps’ knowledge or consent. POE, JEFFROE - On November 2, 2016, Poe (43 yrs of Dumas) entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraudulent insurance acts. He was sentenced to 5 years probation, a $1,000 fine, and court costs. The sentence was pursuant to Act 346. On February 25, 2015, Jeffroe Poe reported to Esurance Insurance Company that his wife, Arneicee Poe, had damaged the front end of her vehicle on February 25, 2015. Poe had previously filed a claim with Farm Bureau on November 9, 2014, claiming damages to the front end of the same vehicle.  Poe was paid for the damage to the front end by Farm Bureau.  Upon investigation, it was found that the claim Poe filed with Esurance was for the exact same damage that she had previously been paid by Farm Bureau. RANDLE, FREDERICK - Click here for more information. RICHMOND, LESLIE - Click here for more information. RAGLAND, SHERRI - On September 30, 2016, Ragland (44 yrs of Denard) entered a negotiated plea of guilty in Van Buren County Circuit Court to one count of insurance fraud and one count of forgery. She was sentenced to 4 years probation plus $750 fine, court costs, and restitution of $12,182.33 to State Farm.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.   FORTENBERRY, LANCE - On September 29, 2016, in the Circuit Court of White County,  Fortenberry (37 yrs of Beebe) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (D Felony).  He was sentence to 30 months of probation and a fine of $1,000 dollars. ADAMS, JERMAINE - On September 28, 2016, in the 4th division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court, Jermaine Adams (43 yrs of Little Rock) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (D felony).  He was sentenced to 2 years of probation, a $500 fine, restitution in the amount of $1,079.90, and the sentence was pursuant to Act 531.  BEENE, CHEMER - On September 26, 2016, Beene (35 yrs of Little Rock) was sentenced in Pulaski County Circuit Court to 36 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for her participation in a 2015 scheme to collect insurance payouts from Repwest Insurance Company from a purported vehicle crash.  Click here for more information. BELL, LAMARIO - On September 19. 2016, in the Circuit Court of Mississippi County, Bell (32 years of age, Blytheville, AR) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Forgery (C felony) and one count of Theft of Property (C felony).  He was sentenced to 5 years of supervised probation, 80 hours of community service, to pay restitution in the amount of $35,000 at the rate of $400 dollars a month, to pay a probation supervision fee of $35 per month, and court costs of $520.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 531. HAWKINS, MINDY - On August 22, 2016, Hawkins entered a negotiated plea of guilty in Garland County and was sentenced to 3 years probation plus a $500 fine, court costs and restitution of $27,794.02 to Arkansas Best Insurance (ABI). Hawkins had been stealing premium funds for many years, but was only recently discovered by the owner ABI, who came up with 31 customers on differing amounts of policies that were involved for a total of $27,794.02. HIBBING, GARY - Hibbing was the owner of Grand Lake Investments and  Insurance in Grove, Oklahoma.  He was investigated by the Oklahoma Dept of Insurance and our office for "churning" annuities for clients between 2007 and 2013 by fraudulently telling them that changing annuities was in their best interest when in fact it was costing them penalties and reducing their principal while generating commissions for himself.  One of the victims was an Arkansas resident and a CID Investigator worked with the Oklahoma investigator on the Arkansas portion of the investigation.  The case was referred to the US Attorney in Oklahoma for prosecution to include the Arkansas victim.  Hibbing plead guilty to 4 counts of a 24 count indictment.  And on August 18, 2016, defendant was sentenced in Oklahoma Federal Court to 27 months in federal prison and has to pay restitution of $505,126.32 to a listed number of victims, including $86,206.28 to the Arkansas victim in this case.  VINCER, ALESHA - On August 8, 2016, Vincer entered a plea of guilty to forgery, 2nd, insurance fraud and theft of property under $5,000. She was sentenced to 60 months probation plus a $1,000 fine, court costs, 200 hours of community service and restitution of $2,682.57 to Alfa Insurance. ALEXANDER, JESSIE - On July 11, 2016, in the 1st division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court, Alexander (68 yrs of Little Rock) entered a plea of no contest to forgery in the Second Degree.  She was sentenced to 3 years probation, and ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $4,236.14.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  ALDERSON, STACEY - On July 7, 2016, insurance agent Stacey Alderson and the White County Prosecutors entered into a negotiated plea of guilty to a B felony theft and was sentenced to 6 years probation, a $250 fine, court costs and restitution of $100,000 to Buddy and Brenda Pruitt to be paid at the time of the plea. YANCY, DONETRIA - On June 30, 2016, in the 7th Division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court, Yancy (31 yrs of North Little Rock), entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraudulent insurance acts (D felony).  She was sentenced to 18 months of probation, $500 fine, and court costs.      MITCHELL, LARRY - On June 22, 2016, Mitchell appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court charged with insurance fraud and 1st degree criminal mischief. Mitchell entered a plea of No Contest and was sentenced to 36 months probation plus court costs of $750 with restitution of $2,643.20 to Travelers Insurance.  HARPER, RAPHAEL - On June 13, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County Harper (36 yrs of Sherwood, entered a plea of guilty to one count of insurance fraud (D felony).  He was sentenced to 2 years probation, a $250 fine plus court costs, 50 hours of community service, and the sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  WILLIAMS, CHERYL - On June 6, 2016, Cheryl Williams of Little Rock entered a plea of guilty to one count of attempted insurance fraud for a 2014 case where she used a fictitious insurance card in an attempt to register her vehicle. Click here for more information. ROUSE, LAYNE - On June 6, 2016, Layne Rouse of Ward plead guilty to one count of attempted insurance fraud for a February case where he attempted to register his vehicle in Cabot with a fictitious insurance card. Click here for more information. LAWRENCE, COURTNEY - On May 17, 2016, Courtney Lawrence of Malvern plead guilty to one count of insurance fraud (D felony). Click here for more information. CHAMBERS, KIMBERLY - On May 5, 2016, Kimberly Chambers of Hector plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft of property in relation to a fraudulent insurance claim. Click here for more information. WHITE, SHANNON - On April 14, 2016, Shannon White entered a plea of guilty to one count of insurance fraud (D felony). Click here for more information. WEST, TYUS - Tyus West sentenced to 30 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Click here for more information. DICKERSON, LAWRENCE - On March 14, 2016, in the 7th Division of the Pulaski Circuit Court, Lawrence Dickerson entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraudulent insurance acts (D felony). He was sentenced to 1 year of probation, a $500 fine, and court costs. On February 18, 2015, Dickerson used a fictitious insurance card in an attempt to register his vehicle at the Little Rock Central Revenue Office. GRAHAM, BETTY - On March 1, 2016, in the District Court of Lonoke County, Betty Graham entered a plea of guilty to one count of criminal attempt (A misdemeanor). She was sentenced pursuant to Act 531 and ordered to pay fines and court costs in the amount of $420. On July 16, 2015, Graham used a fictitious insurance card in the attempt to register her motor vehicle at the Revenue Office. FLOWERS, DAWNTISH - On January 26, 2016, in the 1st Division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court, Dawntish Flowers entered a plea of guilty to one count of insurance fraud (D felony). She was sentenced to 3 years probation, a $1,000 fine, and court costs. On December 18, 2014, Flowers’ vehicle was struck while unoccupied in a parking lot. Flowers filed a claim with Farm Bureau claiming her vehicle received damage, but she was okay as she was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Flowers then gave a statement to a claims adjuster on June 29, 2015, stating she was in the vehicle when the accident happened, in the hopes of receiving funds for an injury settlement. MARTIN, CODY - On January 25, 2016, Cody Martin entered a plea of guilty to one count of insurance fraud (D felony). Sentence will be imposed on March 28, 2016, to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with an additional 6 years suspended, to run concurrent with other non-insurance related charges. On or about May 22, 2011, Martin called Progressive to obtain insurance on a Polaris all-terrain vehicle. During his recorded conversation with Progressive, the agent put him on hold to check on policy information. While on hold, he states that he wrecked the vehicle one week earlier (before purchasing insurance) and that it had been underwater since that time. Martin was taken off hold and the application was completed and policy issued. On May 26, 2011, Martin called Progressive and reported the vehicle had received water damage on May 25, 2011. On August 21, 2012, Martin appeared in North Little Rock District Court for two citations for failure to provide proof of insurance and provided the judge with a fictitious insurance card. Although Martin had taken out an insurance policy on April 30, 2012, he altered the card to make it appear that coverage was good on March 5, 2012, so that he could be excused from his citations.        
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