On 08 August 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR21-1483), Latonya Burnett (47 of Dallas, Texas) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony) and one count of Computer Fraud (Class D Felony).  She received 3 years Suspended Imposition of Sentence and was ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $345 at $50 per month. Latonya Burnett was a salesperson at the automobile dealer of Mitchell Motors in Little Rock, Arkansas.  To be able to purchase and leave with a vehicle, the purchaser must show proof of insurance to the automobile dealer.  Abriyan Tell stated that she purchased a 2006 Acura from Ms. Burnett on or about 03 October 2019.  To obtain insurance on the vehicle that she was purchasing, Tell gave Burnett cash for the policy while at Mitchell Motors.  Burnett left the room, made an insurance policy card for Tell on a computer and then gave Tell an insurance policy card with a policy number.  Progressive Insurance stated that this policy was cancelled as no payments were received.  Burnett kept the cash that she received from Tell without forwarding the same to the insurance company for payment on the premium.

On 04 August 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR22-178), Jordan Royster entered a plea of guilty to one count of Filing a False Police Report (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was sentenced to one (1) year of probation and ordered to pay a $500, plus court costs.    The plea was handled by the local prosecutor. On 01 August 2021, Jordan Royster obtained an insurance policy with Progressive Insurance Company for his 2019 Dodge Charger.  On 11 August 2021, Royster reported to the Little Rock Police Department that he had been involved in a hit and run accident.  The report was made over the telephone and the police never came to the scene.  Also on 11 August 2021, Royster filed a claim with Progressive Insurance, stating that his vehicle had been involved in a hit and run accident on that same day and that he had reported the accident to the Little Rock Police Department and the car was towed by First Recovery Towing. An AIDCID investigator contacted First Recovery towing, which confirmed that they had towed Royster’s vehicle on 24 July 2021, and did not tow any vehicle for Royster on 11 August 2021.  The AIDCID investigator interviewed Royster on 06 October 2021, at which time Royster confessed to having lied about the accident occurring on 11 August 2021, so that he could get coverage for his car. The police report filed on 11 August 2021 by Royster was fictitious and in support of his insurance claim.

On 01 August 2022, in the Circuit Court of Lincoln County (CR 21-062), Bobbie Rayner entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  Bobbie Rayner filed six wellness claims on an AFLAC policy between 18 January 2019, and 14 May 2019.  The claims were for cancer screening she alleged occurred at UAMS Pine Bluff.  A check with UAMS Pine Bluff confirmed that no treatment for Bobbie Rayner was performed for cancer screenings.  Mrs. Rayner was questioned and confirmed that her claims were fraudulent.  AFLAC denied the claims that would have been $240 if paid.

On 25 July 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR22-1576), Lloyd Horsey (52 of Roland) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to one (1) year of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs.    The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. In the later part of 2019, Gary Johnson hired Lloyd Horsey to do some trim work on a new construction project.  Johnson asked Horsey for proof of insurance while the job was ongoing, but Horsey did not provide one.  After the job was over, Johnson again asked Horsey for the insurance card, and on 17 January 2020, Horsey texted a copy of an insurance certificate to Johnson, which purported to show that Horsey was insured with State Auto Property & Casualty.  Johnson later found that the insurance certificate was fictitious when he called State Auto Property & Casualty to verify the insurance.   Lloyd Horsey did have a policy with State Auto Property & Casualty in the past, however, the policy had not been good since 2006.

On 21 July 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR21-2876), Tamiko Robinson (51 of Little Rock) entered a plea of no contest to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A Misdemeanor).  She was sentenced to 12 months Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS), and was ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs.  On 27 June 2020, Tamiko Robinson helped her son purchase a 2011 Buick Lacrosse and co-signed on the vehicle purchase contract.  On 28 June 2020, Tamiko Robinson purchased an insurance policy through Allstate Insurance Company for the 2011 Buick.  On the insurance application, she listed herself as the only driver of the vehicle and only household member which was false. Tamiko also stated that there were no other vehicles in the household which was also false.  Corey Robinson was not listed as a driver on the policy, even though he was the primary driver of the vehicle and the vehicle was kept by Corey at his separate residence.  Although Corey was a licensed driver, he had citations on his record, and this was done to avoid a higher premium.

On 12 July 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 20-3177), Wesley Snodgrass entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to three years of suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) and was ordered to pay a $1000 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 531. S&L logistics was owned by Wesley Snodgrass.  As part of a contract to haul heavy equipment for Keen Trucking from NLR to Texas, a requirement for the contract was for S&L to provide proof of liability insurance.  A proof of liability insurance was provided on 12 February 2019, by Wesley Snodgrass.   It was later determined that the proof of insurance that he provided had been altered to show he had liability coverage that he did not have.

On 28 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Garland County, (CR21-737), Ashley Brooks (34 of Hot Springs) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony) and one count of Forgery 2nd (Class C Felony). She received three (3) years Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS) and was assessed $440 in court costs. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $250. On 25 May 2020, Ashley Brooks obtained a renter’s insurance policy through Lemonade Insurance for her residence at 221 Wood Street, in Hot Springs . On 28 May 2020, Brooks filed a claim stating that her residence sustained severe smoke damage that occurred on 27 May 2020. Brooks stated that an electrical fire occurred but went out and she did not call the fire department. Brooks claimed that the damage caused the dwelling to be unlivable and she had to stay at a hotel. Brooks was seeking reimbursement for the hotel costs. As a courtesy to its insured, Lemonade Insurance issued payment to Brooks in the amount of $250 to temporarily help her with living expenses. In support of her claim for living expenses, Brooks supplied two invoices from a local hotel, Quality Inn and Suites, which were found to be fictitious. A representative from Lemonade Insurance spoke with Brooks’ landlord, who stated that Brooks had been evicted for non-payment of rent in early June. The landlord had inspected the property after Brooks was evicted and he did not see any evidence of any fire or smoke damage to the house.

On 27 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Washington County, (CR19-1035), Garlena Lee (29 of Fayetteville) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to three (3) years of probation, and was assessed $440 in court costs.  On 02 November 2018, Garlena Lee called the Fayetteville Police Department and made a report that she and her daughter had both been struck in a Kum-N-Go parking lot by a white Suburban driven by Yao Kouakou.  On 09 November, Galena Lee called Kouakou’s insurance company (Progressive Insurance) and filed an injury claim for payment based on the allegation that Kouakou struck her and her daughter on 02 November 2018, in a parking lot at a gas station.  On 12 November 2018, Lee spoke with a representative from Progressive and gave a recorded statement, during which time Lee again alleged that Kouakou had struck Lee and her daughter with his Suburban.  Lee alleged that, as a result of the alleged accident, she and her daughter were both injured.  Video surveillance was obtained from the Kum-N-Go, which shows Garlena Lee and her daughter in the parking lot and also shows Kouakou backing his white Suburban.  The video is very clear and does not show that the Suburban struck either Lee or her daughter at any time, only that Lee put her hand on the back of the Suburban.

On 21 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Phillips County (CR21-168), Crystal Glass (38 of West Helena) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D felony).  She was sentenced to two (2) years Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS), and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.  On 28 October 2020, Crystal Glass filed an insurance claim with GEICO Insurance for damage to her 2017 Hyundai.  Glass reported that somebody backed into her car and then fled the scene.  Glass provided photographs of the damage to her car, that being to the front left area of the hood.  There was no police report completed at the scene.  Glass had recently made changes to her insurance policy, adding rental coverage on 20 October 2020.  During the claims process, GEICO learned that Glass had filed a previous claim with State Farm Insurance in May of 2020, in which she claimed damage to the front left area of the hood.  The claim with State Farm was paid to Glass so that she could fix her car.  When the claims file from State Farm was reviewed, it was clear that the damage claimed in the alleged October hit and run was the exact same damage that Glass had claimed with State Farm earlier in the same year.  When confronted with the information regarding the previous claim with State Farm, Glass withdrew her GEICO claim and no payments were made.

On 14 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County (CR 21-230), Nia Bullard entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections concurrent to sentences she is presently serving. On 24 July 2020, Nia Bullard filed a stolen vehicle report on her 2003 Toyota Camry with the Pine Bluff Police Department alleging that she had loaned her vehicle to a friend, Lonnie Pearson.  She further alleged that while in the possession of Pearson, a subject named Glendal Hayes took the vehicle from Pearson. It appears the vehicle was damaged during this period, and at the time of the report her vehicle was not covered by insurance. On 31 July 2020, Nia Bullard bound an insurance policy on her 2003 Toyota Camry through Progressive Insurance. On 02 August 2020, she recovered her vehicle.  On 03 August 2020, Bullard filed an insurance claim stating her vehicle was stolen on 01 August 2020, and was recovered on 02 August 2020, with damages and clothing missing from the trunk of the vehicle.

On 07 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Greene County (CR22-138), Crystal Freeman (36 of Paragould) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A Misdemeanor). She received 12 months Suspended Imposition of Sentence and was assessed court costs of $440. he plea was handled by the local prosecutor. On 17 May 2021, Tipahni Montgomery obtained an insurance policy with Esurance for her GMC Acadia. On 08 June 2021, a vehicle claim with injury was filed by Esurance policyholder Tiphani Montgomery and her passenger/sister Crystal Freeman. Montgomery stated that her vehicle was damaged in an accident that occurred on 01 June 2021, when her vehicle was struck in a parking lot by a vehicle being driven by Chelsie Brashear. On 10 June 2021, Montgomery gave a recorded statement to a representative from Esurance, during which time she stated that the date of loss was 01 June 2022. She also stated that her sister, Crystal Freeman, was injured in the accident. Montgomery denied in her statement that the police responded to the accident. On 11 June 2021, Freeman gave a statement to a representative from Esurance, during which time she stated that the date of loss was 01 June 2021. Freeman further stated that she and her daughter were both injured as a result of the accident and wanted to file an injury claim as a result. During the investigation of the claim, it was determined that the Paragould Police Department did respond to the scene and did an assault investigation involving them and other parties. The detective took photographs of the damage claimed by Montgomery and it is the same damage she claimed in June. The detective stated that the incident took place on 15 May 2021, and not on 01 June 2021, as claimed by Montgomery and Freeman. Esurance spoke with the other driver involved, Chelsie Brashear, and Brashear confirmed that the incident occurred on 15 May 2021 and that she personally knew Montgomery and Freeman. Montgomery and Freeman both provided a date of loss that was after policy inception in the hopes to obtain insurance claims funds to which they were not entitled. No claims were paid. Montgomery’s case is still pending.

On 07 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 21-3631), Derek Hammonds entered a plea of guilty to one count of criminal attempt, theft of property (Class D Felony). He was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. Derek Hammonds’ Progressive Insurance policy cancelled at 12:01am on 1 Feb 2020 for non-payment. On 2 February 2020 at approximately 9:33 P.M., he was involved in a one car accident while his coverage was cancelled.  After the accident Derek Hammonds then went online and made a payment to reinstate the policy on 2 Feb 2020 at 10:53 P.M.  On 3 February 2020 at 10:19 A.M. he made a statement of “no loss” to a Progressive Agent asserting that his vehicle had not been in an accident since his loss of coverage.  On 3 February at 1445 hrs., Derick Hammonds filed a claim with Progressive stating that on 2 February 2020 he swerved to avoid an object and struck a tree causing damage to his vehicle (during a period where he had asserted that he had no accidents).

On 06 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Arkansas County (72CR 20-1282), Donald Foster (63 of Stuttgart) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony) and one count of Filing a False Police Report (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was sentenced to four (4) years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, plus court costs. He was also ordered to perform 100  hours of community service. On 28 September 2019, a vehicle belonging to Donald Foster was involved in a two-car hit and run vehicle accident.  As a result of this accident, Foster’s Ford Taurus received extensive damage.  Foster’s vehicle was being driven by James Roberts.  Roberts stated to the other driver that he was leaving to go and get the owner of the vehicle, but Roberts never returned to the accident scene. Later in the day, on 28 September 2019, the Stuttgart Police were patrolling the area and searching for the Ford Taurus that fled the scene.  As stated in Stuttgart Police report # 19-01419, the police spotted the Ford Taurus and found Donald Foster laying beside the vehicle.  Foster was taken to the hospital as a result of injuries inflicted by James Roberts (according to Foster).  At the hospital, Foster gave the police a statement in which he stated that he had given permission to Roberts for Roberts to borrow the vehicle and that Roberts had brought the vehicle back undamaged.  Roberts then asked if he could use the car again and “everything just blacked out” … “Roberts came back with the car and it was tore up.”  Foster further stated that, then he “went off” on Roberts and beat him up.  Foster then told another officer that Roberts had simply run off and he had not beat him up as he had stated earlier. On 30 September 2019, Foster reported the claim to his insurance company, Trexis Insurance, claiming that he had loaned his car to James Roberts and that Roberts had brought it back, undamaged.  Foster said that Roberts wanted to borrow his car again, to which Foster said no.  At that time, Foster claimed that Roberts knocked him out and stole his vehicle and then got into an accident.  A representative asked Foster if he had filed a police report due to the vehicle theft and Foster stated that he had not.  When the representative asked if Foster would file a police report on the theft, Foster stated that he would. On 30 September 2019, Foster made another report to the Stuttgart Police, report # 19-01423, in which Foster reported that on 28 September 2019, he allowed Roberts to use his vehicle and that Roberts had brought it back the same day.  Foster stated that Roberts then asked to use the vehicle again and Foster told him no, at which time Roberts struck him and then drove off with the vehicle.  Foster said that he kept looking around until he found the vehicle at Buerkle Square Apartments the same day, on the 28th. On 01 October 2019, Foster went to the Police Department and made a supplement to police report #19-01419.  Foster stated that he now remembered what had happened.  Foster wrote a statement, in which he stated that Roberts had hit him, knocked him (Foster) out and stole the Taurus.  Foster stated that he was taken to the hospital and that when he got out of the hospital, he went to get his car back from Roberts. On 15 January 2020, Foster gave a statement to a Trexis Insurance Representative, in which Foster then stated that he let Roberts use the vehicle and that Roberts had only used it once and brought it back damaged.  Foster stated that he didn’t think the insurance company would pay for the claim if the insurance company knew that Roberts had let an unlicensed driver use the vehicle, so Foster claimed it as stolen to get coverage.  The claim was denied and no payments were issued. 

On 06 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Washington County, (72CR 20-1282), Kyle Wyatt (27 of Vilonia) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Filing a False Police Report (Class D Felony).  He received 6 years suspended imposition of sentence (SIS), was assessed court costs of $440, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,600.14.    The plea was handled by the local Washington County Deputy Prosecutor. On 26 June 2018, Amtrust North America Insurance Company, sent a non-renewal notice to Kyle Wyatt stating his policy would not be renewed as of 12:01am on 24 August 2018. On 27 August 2018, Kyle Wyatt reported to his insurance company that two subjects took his vehicle without his permission between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on 23 August 2018 (prior to his policy expiring). He stated his brother, Trey Wyatt, and Jacob Short came home around that time and saw his vehicle leaving. When they went inside the house, they saw Kyle, tried to wake him up and when they could not, they assumed he loaned his truck to someone. Kyle Wyatt also stated they came home around 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. on 23 August 2018, and he went to bed shortly after that. Based on the facts provided by Kyle Wyatt, the insurance company paid the claim as a stolen vehicle.  After the claim had been paid, the insurance company was notified of a lawsuit filed against Kyle Wyatt by Ernesto Giron in the Circuit Court of Washington County.  The lawsuit was filed on 14 November 2018, and is a suit for personal injury arising from an accident with the Wyatt vehicle which, according to the lawsuit, occurred on 24 August 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m.  Upon investigation, police records showed that on 24 August 2018, at approximately 2:07 a.m., a 2016 GMC Denali, registered to Kyle Wyatt was involved in a hit & run accident in Fayetteville. At approximately 2:11 a.m., the vehicle was involved in a roll-over collision a short distance away from the first collision. The vehicle rolled onto its side in the Radio Shack parking lot. Video from Radio Shack shows two subjects exiting the vehicle through the sunroof. During the collision investigation completed by the police, Kyle Wyatt’s phone and wallet containing his ID were found at the scene. On 24 August 2018, Kyle Wyatt reported to Corporal Hutsell, with the Fayetteville Police Department, that he loaned his 2016 GMC Sierra Denali truck to two males he met at a bar. Kyle Wyatt stated he loaned it to them around 1:30 a.m. that morning (24 August 2018). Kyle Wyatt stated he met them at “Z330” and their names were Dustin and Jeremy. Kyle Wyatt stated he did not know their last names or their phone numbers. Kyle Wyatt told Corporal Hutsell that when he was at the bar, he was wearing a Miller Lite t-shirt. Corporal Hutsell noted Kyle having scratches on his right wrist, which Kyle stated happened the prior night, but he did not know how. Corporal Hutsell noted the injuries were consistent from that of an airbag deploying and hitting the driver's wrist.The Insurance company was not aware of the actual facts when Kyle Wyatt reported the claim, and as a result of the false information provided by Kyle Wyatt, the insurance company paid $39,600.14 on the claim.

On 06 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Clay County (CR 2022-20), Danny Rice (36 of Berryville) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony), one count of Theft of Property (Class C Felony), and one count of Forgery in the 2nd degree (Class C Felony).  He was sentenced to five (5) years of supervised probation on each count to run concurrently, was assessed court costs of $750, and was ordered to pay the remaining amount of restitution to Allstate Insurance. Throughout the time period of 01 November 2018, through 20 September 2019, Danny Rice was an agent for Allstate Insurance and submitted applications for life insurance policies on behalf of individuals that Rice knew, but without the individuals’ knowledge or consent.  The individuals interviewed stated that they did not give Rice permission to sign their names to any documents and had no knowledge of the same.  As a result of the fictitious applications submitted by Rice, Rice received commissions to which he was not entitled in the cumulative amount of $22,562.50.  An AIDCID investigator interviewed Danny Rice who was cooperative and gave a full confession.  As a result, Rice has already paid a significant amount of restitution back to Allstate Insurance.

On 05 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Benton County, case (CR21-1297), Davinia Archer (35 of Centerton) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Theft of Property (Class B Felony) for the victim AFLAC, one count of Theft of Property (Class D Felony) for the victim Colonial, and two counts of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  Archer was sentenced to 10 years of probation, was ordered to pay full restitution, and was assessed court costs. AIDCID originally filed on the case and were then notified of more losses with a different insurer.  The additional losses were investigated by a different CID investigator under the a different case number.  Both files were charged under one case in Benton County. In case 855/2019, Davinia Archer maintained a Critical Illness Insurance policy with Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. From June of 2018, through August of 2019, Archer filed fictitious claims with Colonial alleging various injuries to herself and her sons.   Based on the claims submitted by Archer, she was paid $3,000 in claims funds.  Upon investigation of the claims, the health care providers stated that neither Archer nor her sons were seen on the claimed treatment dates. In case 0300/2021, Davinia Archer maintained an insurance policy with AFLAC Insurance.  From June of 2018, through May of 2019, Archer filed fictitious claims with AFLAC, also alleging injuries to herself and her sons.  Based on the claims submitted by Archer, she was paid a total of $45,365 by AFLAC.  Upon investigation of the claims, the health care providers stated that neither Archer nor her sons were seen on the claimed treatment dates. The total losses known, based on the information provided by the separate insurers was $48,365.

On 02 June 2022, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County (CR 22-320), Robert Ingram entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $750 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 17 December 2019, Robert Ingram took out an insurance policy with Progressive Insurance for his 2007 Suzuki Motorcycle that only had liability coverage.  According to the Jonesboro police report he called in to report that his motorcycle had been stolen on 02 January 2020, at 11:37 CST.  Mr. Ingram then called Progressive Insurance and added comprehensive coverage to his motorcycle policy on 02 January 2020, at 11:51 CST (14 minutes after the accident). He then reported a theft claim on 02 January 2020, at 12:31pm CST (40 minutes after binding coverage) to Progressive alleging that the theft happened after he bound the comprehensive coverage.

On May 19, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Union County (CR 21-617), Tracy Barnes entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony) and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. She was ordered to pay a $500 fine and was assessed court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.Tracy Barnes bound an insurance policy with Progressive Direct Insurance Company on June 7, 2021, that did not include comprehensive coverage. On June 22, 2021, Barnes requested comprehensive coverage (covers damages not caused by collision, i.e., theft, vandalism etc.) be added to her policy and was provided an effective date of June 28, 2021. On June 30, 2021, a claim was filed by Barnes for a loss that Barnes stated occurred on June 29, 2021. Barnes reported person(s) unknown had slashed two tires on her vehicle's driver side and smashed a window on the rear driver side. The vehicle, a 2012 Kia Optima, was damaged while it was parked at her residence in El Dorado, AR. During an initial statement by Barnes on July 8, 2021, Barnes stated the damage was discovered on June 29, 2021.  Investigation revealed that a roadside request was submitted by Barnes on June 20, 2021, due to multiple tires being damaged on her vehicle. It was determined that on June 20, 2021, Barnes had filed a police report of vandalism with the El Dorado Police Department and the damage reported was the same damage Barnes reported to the insurance company. The damage was estimated at $ 622.56 after a $500 deductible was applied.

On May 12, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR20-1416), Lilly Thompson (55 of North Little Rock) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Filing a False Police Report (Class A Misdemeanor).  She was sentenced to one  (1) year of supervised probation, and was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs. On April 4th, 2019, Lilly Thompson reported to the North Little Rock Police Department that her vehicle was involved in a hit and run.  Thompson stated that she parked the car and went inside and when she came back out, she found damage.  Thompson subsequently reported a claim to her insurance carrier with the same facts of loss.  During the claims investigation, it was discovered that Thompson’s grandson had struck a brick mailbox at a different location, for which a separate police report was made.   The claim was denied and no payments were issued. 

On 9 May 2022, in the Circuit Court of Clay County (CR 22-19), Marshall Alan Young entered a plea of guilty to one count of Falsifying a Business Record (Class A Misdemeanor).  He received one year of suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus court costs.  Marshall “Alan” Young worked as a business manager for Universal Builders (Universal), who sells prefab buildings.  Universal got the job to complete an expansion project for a NAPA store in Portageville MO. Universal accepted bids to put up the building from subcontractors. Joe Cartwright is a subcontractor who often bids on work for Universal Builders putting up prefab buildings, and he bid on the NAPA job as did Kenny Edington, another sub-contractor. Kenny Edington’s bid was lower than Cartwright’s, and Cartwright was informed that Edington got the job. On a later date, Cartwright went to Universal Builders to pick up payment for another job.  While at Universal Builders, he was told by Alan Young that he needed Cartwright to send a copy of his general liability proof of insurance to the NAPA job at Portageville for the job that he bid on but that was awarded to Edington. Young said that he already had Declark Insurance send Cartwright’s worker’s comp proof of insurance to the NAPA store for the job. (It is a requirement to being able get a license to build on a job site that the builders show proof of Worker’s Comp insurance and general lability insurance.) This was the first that Cartwright knew that his proof of insurance was sent to Portageville, and it was sent without his permission. Cartwright stated that he told Young if they were using his insurance he should be doing the job. Young stated that he did not care who did the job, but he was only going to pay what he agreed to under Edington’s bid. At that point Cartwright thought that he had the job. A check with Declark Insurance shows that at Alan Marshall’s request, on 30 June 2020 they sent to Portageville a Workers Comp proof of insurance form for Joe Cartwright’s business for a job that was to be completed by Kenny Edington’s business.  A few months later while waiting for word to start work on the NAPA store, Cartwright found out that Edington had already completed the NAPA store. Cartwright later found out that Young used Cartwright’s proof of insurance certificates to apply for the builder’s license which was required to build the building in Portageville as if Cartwright’s company did the work and not Edington’s company.

On May 4, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County (CR 20-373), Ashley Williams entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $1000 fine, plus court costs. She was also ordered to complete 30 hours of community service. The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On January 19, 2020, Ashley Williams filed a report with Pine Bluff PD alleging a burglary had occurred at her home and a number of items had been stolen.  The next day she filed a theft claim with Liberty Mutual Insurance who carried her renter’s policy.  As part of the claims process, she submitted a number of receipts from Walmart for TVs she alleged were taken in the burglary.  Upon investigation it was found that the items from Walmart that she claimed had been stolen had in fact been purchased from Walmart and returned the same day.

On May 4, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Washington County (CR21-187), Amy Crowder (42 of Springdale) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D felony) and one count of Attempted Theft of Property (Class A Misdemeanor).  Crowder was sentenced to two (2) years of probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs of $490. On May 4, 2020, Amy Crowder obtained an insurance policy with Trexis Insurance for her Nissan Altima.  When Amy Crowder purchased this policy, she omitted the fact that her 18 year old son, Dace Crowder, lived with her or may be driving her car, as he did not have a valid driver’s license.  On May 27, 2020, Dace Crowder got into a one-vehicle accident while driving the Nissan Altima belonging to Amy Crowder.  The accident resulted in the Nissan being a total loss and also resulted in property damage to a light pole and to a mailbox.  On or about May 28, 2020, Amy Crowder filed a claim with Trexis Insurance for the accident that occurred on May 27.  During the reporting of the claim and during a recorded telephone statement on May 28, 2020, Amy Crowder told Trexis Insurance that she was the one that was driving the car, hoping that she could obtain coverage for the loss.  The insurance company inspected the vehicle and determined it was a total loss.  The insurance company was prepared to pay the claim in the amount of $2,796.98, when it learned of the police report that was completed on the night of the accident, which showed that Dace Crowder was the one who was actually driving the car.  Amy Crowder then admitted to the insurance company that Dace was driving her car when the accident happened.  The claim was denied with no payment. 

On May 3, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, (CR21-231), Kenyetta Roseburrow (32 of Pine Bluff) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to two (2) years suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) and was ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On November 24, 2020, at approximately 7:59 a.m., Kenyetta Roseburrow purchased an insurance policy with Progressive Insurance Company for her 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.  On November 26, Roseburrow contacted Progressive Insurance and reported a claim on her vehicle, stating that she had hit a deer.  Roseburrow claimed, in a recorded statement to Progressive Insurance, that the date of loss was November 26 and submitted photographs to the insurance carrier showing the damage to her vehicle.  As the loss was so close to the purchase of the new policy, the claim was investigated by Progressive.  Upon looking at the meta data contained in the photographs provided by Roseburrow, it was determined that the photographs were taken on November 24, 2020, at 7:40 a.m., which was before Roseburrow had taken out the new policy.  An AIDCID Investigator interviewed Roseburrow at the Pine Bluff Police Department, at which time she admitted that the accident had occurred before she had taken out the policy and that she did it because she was in financial distress.

On May 3, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County (CR22-383), Bryan Posey (21 of Jonesboro) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D felony).  He was sentenced to two (2) years of probation. He was ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs of $690.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On July 27, 2021, Bryan Posey filed an insurance claim with Trexis Insurance on his 2018 Hyundai.  Posey reported that, on July 21, 2021, his vehicle was parked and unoccupied when it was hit and received damage from an unknown vehicle.  Posey sent Trexis Insurance photographs of the damage to his vehicle.  As the damage depicted in the photographs did not match with the reported facts of loss, Trexis questioned Posey about the facts of the loss.  On November 17, 2021, a representative from Trexis Insurance spoke with Posey and, at that time, Posey admitted that he had provided fictitious facts of loss.  Posey explained that he had actually hit another car when he was parking.  Posey did not have collision coverage on his vehicle when the accident happened, so Posey stated that it was a hit and run so that he would have coverage for the loss.

On May 2, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Garland County, (CR21-734), Winter Jones (40 of Hot Springs) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to two (2) years of Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS), and ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs. Winter Jones had an automobile policy with Dairyland Insurance for her 2008 Mercury Milan.  Jones’ policy did not have collision or comprehensive coverage for the vehicle, but did have an uninsured motorist coverage provision.  On December 9, 2020, Jones filed a claim with Dairyland Insurance stating that her vehicle was involved in a hit and run incident, which would cover vehicle damage under her uninsured motorist provision.  Jones stated that the incident happened on December 7, 2020. When the claims adjuster inspected Jones’ vehicle, it was noticed that the damage did not match the facts of the loss as described by Jones.  Video was obtained from a nearby business that showed Jones hitting a pole with her vehicle and that no other vehicle was involved.  When Jones was confronted with this information by Dairyland Insurance, she admitted that she had provided false information in hopes to get coverage on her vehicle.

On April 27, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Washington County, (CR20-1297), Alicia Erives (32 of Springdale) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A misdemeanor).  She received a one year Suspended Imposition of Sentence, a fine of $500, and was ordered to pay court costs of $340.  This was handled and negotiated by the local deputy prosecutor. On April 6, 2020, Alicia Erives added collision coverage to her automobile policy at Progressive Insurance for her 2011 Nissan Altima.  On April 15, 2020, Erives called Progressive Insurance company and advised that she had been in a one-car automobile accident on April 14.  On April 16, Erives gave a recorded statement to her insurance company where she again claimed that the accident happened on April 14.  Erives was asked to provide a copy of the tow bill from when the tow company towed her vehicle.  Erives provided a picture of the tow bill, however the top left corner of the tow bill was not readable as Erives had covered it with her cell phone.  The Insurance Company contacted the tow company to get a complete copy.  The tow company provided a complete copy, which showed the accident actually occurred on March 29, before Erives added the collision coverage to her vehicle.  The Insurance Company then contacted the Springdale Police Department and obtained a copy of the police report.  The police report also showed that the accident occurred on March 29, and not April 14, which Erives had claimed.  Progressive Insurance took another recorded statement from Erives on April 16, during which time Erives was confronted with the conflicting information.  When presented with this information, Erives did not have an explanation and withdrew her claim. 

On April 18, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR 21-1297), Oshanna Aaron entered a plea of guilty to one count of Criminal Attempt Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class A Misdemeanor).  She sentenced to one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, complete 30 hours of community service and was ordered to pay court costs.  On February 13, 2020 Oshanna Aaron went to the DF&A office in Little Rock to register her vehicle.  During this process Aaron presented a fraudulent USAA proof of insurance card.  Aaron latter admitted that she purchased the card from an individual she knew was not an insurance agent.

On 18 April 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 21-2094), Enrico Wilkins entered a plea of guilty to one count of Criminal Attempt Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1500 fine, complete 30 hours of community service, and was assessed court costs. According to the police report, on 14 Oct 2020 at 2:50 A.M. Enrico Wilkins was involved in an auto accident in Pulaski County. At 2:55 A.M. police were notified and at 3:00 A.M. the police arrived on the scene.  At 3:12 A.M. the same day, Wilkins purchased a policy with Progressive Insurance. Also on 14 Oct 2020 at 4:41 A.M. Wilkins filed a claim with Progressive in reference to the accident. On two different occasions Progressive conducted recorded interviews with Wilkins. During both interviews Wilkins advised that the policy was purchased prior to the accident. Progressive provided the I.P. address used to purchase the policy and confirmed the time of purchase to be 3:12 Central Standard Time which is shortly AFTER the accident occurred.

On 18 April 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 21-3057), Dominque Clark entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $300 fine, plus costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On June 13, 2019 Tameka Saxton reported a hit and run on her vehicle occupied by herself, Dominque Clark and three children.  She then filed a claim with Progressive insurance that was supported by Dominque Clark.  A download of the airbag control module (ACM) showed that at the time of the damage instead of a hit and run the vehicle was in reverse traveling at 15 mph when the accident occurred.  When confronted with the ACM data Saxton admitted that she had not been in a hit and run, but had backed up and hit a guard rail.

On 07 April 2022, in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County (CR 18-548), Roslyn Brown entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, and was assessed court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On May 4, 2018, Rosyln Brown’s insurance with Direct General Insurance lapsed for non-payment.  At approximately noon on July 25, 2018, she was involved in a car accident with another vehicle in Pine Bluff where she ran a stop sign.  According to estimates, she did over $7,000 in damage to her vehicle at a time when she was not covered by insurance. On July 25, 2018, at 3:19 p.m. she renewed her insurance with Direct General and did not mention that she had been in an accident during the period that her insurance lapsed.  On July 26, 2018, she called in a claim for the accident alleging it was a hit and run and that it happened that morning around 8:00 a.m.  She stated she did not call the police because her phone battery had died and she did not have a charger.  She was living in Pine Bluff at the time of the accident and filed the claim in Jefferson County and later gave statements to insurance investigators in Jefferson County to further her claim. The police report shows that the accident happened on July 25, 2018, at 12:18 p.m. Additionally, the other party to the accident took dated photos at the scene which reflected that the accident occurred on July 25, 2018, at 12:12 p.m. It was later determined that she made four phone calls during the period she said that her phone battery was dead.

On 04 April 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pope County, (CR21-241), Lillian Rivers-Fries (61 of Parkin) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Theft of Property (Class A Misdemeanor).  She received one year SIS, a fine of $1,000, and court costs of $140. Before the plea was entered, River-Fries had paid full restitution to AFLAC in the amount of $3,749.00. This was handled and negotiated by the local deputy prosecutor. Lillian Fries had a cancer insurance policy with AFLAC Insurance, which she purchased in 2003. Beginning in January of 2017, Rivers-Fries filed five separate claims for alleged clinic visits.  All of the claims were paid to Rivers-Fries by AFLAC and direct deposited in Rivers-Fries’ bank account.  During a claims audit conducted by AFLAC, certain claims were found to be fraudulent.  The healthcare provider listed in the claims forms was not able to verify any treatment for Rivers-Fries as she had alleged in her claims forms. The health care provider stated that Rivers-Fries had not been seen by their office in over ten years.  From January of 2017, through January of 2019, Lillian-Fries submitted fictious claims and was paid by AFLAC on the same.  AFLAC sought reimbursement in the amount of $3,749.00 for their losses.  On 13 January 2012, Fries gave a recorded statement to an AIDCID investigator, during which time she confessed to creating the documents and submitting them to AFLAC so that she could receive claims funds. On 04 April 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pope County, (CR21-241), Lillian Rivers-Fries (61 of Parkin) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Theft of Property (Class A Misdemeanor).  She received one year SIS, a fine of $1,000, and court costs of $140. Before the plea was entered, River-Fries had paid full restitution to AFLAC in the amount of $3,749.00. This was handled and negotiated by the local deputy prosecutor.

On 28 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Sharp County (CR 21-37), Kaeleb Rogers entered a plea of guilty to one count of Falsifying a Business Record (Class A Misdemeanor).  He received one year of suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $1000 fine plus court costs.  On 3 January 2021, Kealeb Rogers. of Hardy Arkansas, in Sharp County took out a GEICO auto policy on his vehicle.  On 13 January 2021 Rogers filed a claim with GEICO regarding damage his vehicle sustained when he swerved to avoid a deer and overturned in a ditch in Fulton County. Kealeb Rogers provided a recorded statement to a GEICO Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Investigator and maintained the accident occurred on 13 January 2021 and that the vehicle was towed the following day by Lynn’s Towing in Salem. During the course of GEICO’s investigation, a tow bill was obtained from Lynn’s Towing and Recycling contradicting Kealeb Rogers and confirming the tow occurred on 1 January 2021. The tow bill lists Kealeb Rogers as the owner, and it includes the proper vehicle and vehicle identification number and the location where Rogers reported the accident occurred.  The wrecker driver identified Rogers and confirmed the date of the tow was January 1, 2021.

On 28 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR 21-2620), Tanisha Robinson entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). She received one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs. The sentence was pursuant to Act 346. On 30 April 2020, Tanisha Robinson went to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s (DF&A) Sherwood Division in North Little Rock to register her vehicle. To complete the process, Tanisha Robinson spoke with a DF&A Representative and provided several vehicle documents in her name along with a photo on her mobile phone of a United Automobile Insurance Company (UAIC) card from Advantage One Insurance that was later confirmed to be fraudulent.

On 08 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Benton County, (CR21-1870), Brett Baldus (47 of Bentonville) entered a probationary diversion program for a 12 month period in which the case will be dismissed if no new charges are filed against the defendant. This was handled and negotiated by the local deputy prosecutor. On 06 January 2020, Brett Baldus’ automobile insurance policy with Progressive Cancelled for non-payment.  Baldus had been sent a letter from Progressive, explaining that the policy would be cancelled on 06 January unless payment was received.  On 08 January 2020, Baldus called Progressive to have his policy reinstated.  The telephone conversation was recorded.  During the call, Baldus was asked if he had been in any automobile accidents since the time the policy lapsed, to which he responded “no.”  He was then asked if any damage had occurred to any of his vehicles, to which he also responded “no.”   Based on Baldus’ answers to the questions, the policy was reinstated. On 08 January 2020, less than an hour after he had his policy reinstated, Baldus called Progressive and explained that he had just been in an accident.  He stated that the accident had happened just “15 minutes” after he reinstated his policy.  On 09 January 2020, Baldus gave a recorded statement to Progressive, in which he stated that the accident happened before he went to Midas Muffler and that he purchased his insurance before anything happened. On 13 January 2020, Baldus gave another recorded statement to Progressive, during which time he again stated that he reinstated his policy before the accident happened, specifically stating that he paid for the insurance before he left his apartment to go to Midas.  Baldus then explained that he had left Midas Muffler to go to Auto Zone and that the accident occurred as he was leaving Midas to go to Auto Zone to get a part for his vehicle. On 21 January 2020, Baldus gave another recorded statement to Progressive, during which time he again stated that the accident did not happen until after he purchased the insurance.  He further explained that the accident happened before he got to Auto Zone.  When Baldus was asked what the talking, sounds, and noises were in the background when he was reinstating his policy, Baldus stated that it was just noise outside of his apartment. On 28 February 2020, Baldus gave a recorded statement to an AIDCID Investigator.  During this statement, Baldus changed his story and then stated that he was at Auto Zone buying a part when he called to reinstate his insurance.  Baldus stated that the accident did happen at Midas, then he gave his insurance card to the other driver, and then went to Auto Zone to get his part.  He then returned to Midas and that is when he called Progressive to report the loss. When the AIDCID investigator asked Baldus about the statement of no loss he gave to the insurance company for reinstatement, Baldus claimed that he did not understand the questions and thought Progressive was asking about accidents prior to January 6, not between January 6th and the 8th. During the claims process, Baldus made several false statements in an attempt to gain coverage by claiming the accident did not happen until after he had reinstated his insurance policy.

On 16 March 2022, Nedra Fields was found guilty on 29 November 2021 at a bench trial in CR 19-1940 of committing a Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She appeared again in Pulaski County Circuit Court for sentencing on 16 March 2022, and was sentenced to two years of probation. She was also ordered to pay a $300 fine plus court costs and to perform 40 hours of community service.  Nedra Fields is an employee of UAMS Medical Center.  On 29 July 2018, she called UAMS Police and claimed she was asleep in her vehicle in the UAMS parking lot, when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle being operated by Dr. Swathi Kovelamudi, also employed at UAMS. Dr. Kovelamudi denied being present at the time of the accident and denied hitting Fields’ vehicle.  Contact was made with Dr. Kovelamudi’s coworkers who stated that at the time of the accident she was observed clocked in and working and was nowhere near her vehicle in the parking lot.  An inspection of Dr. Kovelamudi’s vehicle showed no damage and no paint transfer. Dr. Kovelamudi does not know Nedra Fields and has not had any contact with her.

On 15 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, (CR21-1078), Autumn Morgan (38 of Brookland) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony) and one count of Forgery 2nd (Class C Felony).  She was sentenced to three years supervised probation and was assessed court costs of $440.  She was also ordered to pay restitution to AFLAC in the amount of $3,775.00.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  At times pertinent hereto, Autumn Morgan had an insurance policy with AFLAC Insurance and was employed at Woodruff Family Dental, in Jonesboro.  While employed at Woodruff Dental, Morgan submitted claims on herself and on behalf of her dependents.  Some of these claims were legitimate and some were fictitious.  On 18 October 2019, Morgan filed a claim for one dependent, with an alleged date of service of 23 September 2019.  On 25 October 2019, Morgan filed a claim for another dependent, with an alleged date of service of 06 October 2019.  On 07 August 2020, Morgan filed a claim for herself with an alleged date of service of 06 August 2020.  These claims had the signature of Dr. Robert Kaloghirou stamped on them.  When AFLAC tried to verify these claims, Woodruff Dental stated that these claims were fictitious and the visits did not occur.  Dr. Kaloghirou stated that he did not give his permission for his signature stamp to be used.  As a result of the fictitious claims filed by Morgan, Morgan was paid $3,775.00 in claims funds by AFLAC to which she was not entitled.  On 05 October 2021, Autumn Morgan gave a recorded statement to an AIDCID investigator, during which time she confessed to submitting false documents in her claims and admitted to using the signature stamp of Dr. Robert Kaloghirou on a claims form without his knowledge or permission. Morgan explained that she had done this due to financial difficulty on her part at the time. On 15 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, (CR21-1078), Autumn Morgan (38 of Brookland) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony) and one count of Forgery 2nd (Class C Felony).  She was sentenced to three years supervised probation and was assessed court costs of $440.  She was also ordered to pay restitution to AFLAC in the amount of $3,775.00.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.

On 14 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 19-1342), Kenny Thomas entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to five years suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs.  On 17 June 2019, a residential fire occurred at the home of Kenny Thomas in Pine Bluff, AR. Thomas stated at the time of the fire he was staying at his girlfriend’s residence in Little Rock and that he was not occupying his Pine Bluff residence but was in the process of moving back into the residence at the time of the fire.  On 15 July 2019, Thomas submitted a proof of loss statement and a list of his property lost in the fire. Included in the list were furniture items in the living room, clothing in the closets, and other furniture items in the garage. The items in the living room included a couch, loveseat and ottoman purchased from Ashley Furniture for $2,405.98.  The Ashley furniture came with a protection plan.  An inspection of the fire scene could not locate any remnants or debris which would indicate furniture was present inside the residence at the time of the fire.  It was later determined that on 25 March 2020, (10 months after the fire where the couch was allegedly destroyed.) a replacement cushion was ordered for the couch under the protection plan by Kenny Thomas’ girlfriend.  On 28 August 2020, a search warrant was executed at the home Kenny Thomas was sharing with his girlfriend in Saline County (where they moved from Little Rock some months after the claim was filed).  The furniture items that were found at the Saline County residence matched the items that were claimed on the insurance claim.  Mr. Thomas stated that he may have put the furniture on the “proof of loss” by accident.

On 14 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, (CR21-1027), Carl Bradley (26 of Jonesboro) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to 18 months of unsupervised probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs of $440.  On 25 February 2021, Carl Bradley contacted GEICO Insurance to obtain an insurance policy on his 2019 Excel boat.  When Bradley was speaking to the sales agent, Bradley was asked if the boat was in good condition and Bradley stated that the boat was “sound, seaworthy, and undamaged.”  On 07 March 2021, Bradley filed a claim with GEICO stating that his boat was damaged on 05 March 2021 when he struck a tree in the water.  During the claims process, GEICO discovered that the same boat had a claim on it with State Farm Insurance when it was owned by Zachary Devereux.  State Farm had declared the boat a total loss due to severe damage. Devereux stated that he sold the boat to Bradley without any of the damage being repaired. On 10 May 2021, An AIDCID investigator spoke with Bradley regarding these facts.  At that time Bradley admitted that the boat had prior damage when he insured it and that he lied about the condition of the boat when obtaining his insurance policy. 

On 08 March 2022, in the Faulkner County Circuit Court (CR 21-1096), Michael Prickett entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony) and one count of Theft of Property (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine. He was also assessed court costs and was ordered to pay restitution of $2201.70 to Trexis Insurance.  He was sentenced pursuant to Act 346.  In 2021 Michael Prickett had an automobile policy with Trexis Insurance.  On 28 June 2021, Michael Prickett was involved in an accident where he struck the rear of a vehicle occupied by Kimberly and Katie Huffman. Prickett then collided with a pole while fleeing the scene. Prickett later, on the same date, filed a claim with Trexis Insurance in reference to the damage to his vehicle. In the claims process, however, Prickett misrepresented the facts to Trexis, alleging that someone ran him off the roadway causing him to collide with a pole. Prickett ultimately settled this claim with Trexis using the uninsured motorist coverage on his policy, on 30 June 2021 for $2,201.70. On 12 July 2021, the Huffman’s and Shelter Insurance filed a claim with Trexis in reference to Prickett’s 28 June 2021 accident. An investigation was initiated by Trexis, and Prickett again lied about the facts of the accident during a recorded statement on 12 July 2021. Ultimately Prickett later confessed to his misrepresentations during an interview with Trexis.

On 03 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR21-2939), Jerry Jackson (41 of Little Rock) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 16 April 2021, Jerry Jackson was involved in an automobile accident at approximately 8:45 p.m.  At 9:41 p.m., Jackson purchased an automobile insurance policy with Root Insurance Company.  When Jackson purchased the policy, he also downloaded a phone app which tracks the movement of his insured automobile.  On 19 April 2021 Jackson filed a police report with the Little Rock Police, claiming that he had been in an accident on 18 April 2021.  Jackson stated that he had been rear-ended by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.  On 19 April 2021, Jackson filed an insurance claim with Root, based on the facts given to the Little Rock Police and Jackson alleged the date of the accident to be on 18 April 2021.  Jackson gave a recorded statement to Root Insurance on 20 April 2021, during which time he again claimed that the accident happened on 18 April 2021, after he had purchased his policy in the hopes that the claim would be covered.  As the policy was so new, Root investigated the claim and looked at the GPS data given by the app on Jackson’s phone regarding the automobile’s whereabouts. Root discovered that the GPS data did not back up Jackson’s version of events.  When confronted with this information, Jackson confessed that the accident occurred before the policy had been taken out.

On 02 March 2022, in the Circuit Court of Benton County, (CR21-1713-2), Daniel Samuelson (39 of Bentonville) was entered into a diversion program for six months in which he must complete 160 hours of community service.  The plea was handled by the local prosecutor.  On 23 February 2021, at approximately 6:14 p.m., Daniel Samuelson was involved in a motor vehicle accident with Jelani Smith, in which Samuelson was at fault.  At the time of the accident, Samuelson did not have any insurance coverage on his vehicle.  Later on the 23rd, at approximately 6:35 p.m., Samuelson obtained an insurance policy on his vehicle with Progressive Insurance Company.  On 24 February 2021, a claim was filed on Samuelson’s policy by Jelani Smith.  After Smith filed the claim, Theresa Guetzkow, from Progressive Insurance, conducted a recorded interview with Samuelson on 24 February 2021.  During the interview, Samuelson stated that the accident occurred on the 23rd around 7:15, after he had purchased his policy.  The claim filed by Smith was denied as Samuelson’s policy was not purchased until after the accident happened.  Samuelson lied to the investigator from Progressive in an attempt to get coverage for the accident. 

On 28 February 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR21-4250), Wesley Johnston (42 of Conway) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to three years supervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus court costs.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 531.On 28 July 2021, Wesley Johnston submitted a fraudulent certificate of liability insurance to Chris Carruth so that he (Johnston) could obtain a construction job.  Johnston sent the fraudulent certificate via text from his cell phone while at the job worksite in Pulaski County, on that date.  On 02 September 2021, an AIDCID investigator conducted a recorded interview with Johnston, at which time Johnston confessed to knowing the certificate of insurance was fraudulent when he sent the same to Carruth.  Johnston explained that he did so because he could not afford the proper insurance. 

On 16 February 2022, in the Circuit Court of Lonoke County, (CR21-602), Jeremy Paro (46 of Jacksonville) entered a plea of no contest to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine,  plus court costs.  On or about 15 March 2019, Jeremy Paro presented a fictitious insurance document to the Arkansas DFA office in Lonoke Arkansas in an attempt to register a 2004 Toyota Camry. The clerk thought the card looked different, so she attempted to verify the card with GEICO Insurance and was told that the policy did not exist and that Jeremy Paro had no policies with GEICO.  On 19 May 2019, an AIDCID investigator spoke with a male over the telephone.  The male identified himself as Jeremy Paro and Paro stated that he had purchased the card online, that he has had GEICO Insurance in the past, and that the card he received did not raise any suspicions on his part. On or about 20 February 2020, Kelly Trimble contacted the Department of Insurance expressing concern for her daughter. Kelly Trimble is the ex-wife of Paro.  Trimble’s daughter was driving the 2004 Camry that Trimble suspected Paro had provided false insurance for during his attempt to register the vehicle.  On 24 February 2020, the AIDCID investigator spoke with Trimble and Trimble stated that Paro had admitted to her that the insurance card he presented was fake and that he purchased it from a male for $50.

On 15 February 2022, in the Circuit Court of Union County, (CR21-632-4), Marco Singleton (33 of Junction City) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was sentenced to one year Suspended Imposition of Sentence and ordered to pay a $500 fine. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,298.17, plus court costs.  On 29 July 2021, Roger Thomas was operating his 2013 Ford truck, when he was rear-ended by a vehicle owned, and insured through Dairyland Insurance, by Marcus Singleton.  The accident was investigated by the El Dorado Police Department. Insurance information was exchanged and the Singleton vehicle was found to be at fault in the accident. Shortly thereafter, a claim was made for property damage by Thomas.  During the normal course of the claims process, a representative from Dairyland Insurance called Marcus Singleton to confirm how the accident happened. On or about 03 August 2021, Marcus Singleton gave a recorded statement to Dairyland at which time he stated that he was driving the vehicle and rear-ended the Thomas vehicle.  Based on the information provided by Marcus Singleton, coverage was cleared and payment was issued to Thomas for the damage to his Ford Truck in the amount of $1,298.17.  On 30 August 2021 Dairyland received a copy of the investigative police report and found that the Thomas vehicle was not being driven by Marcus as he had claimed.  The vehicle was being driven by Marcus’s son, Jamarco.  Jamarco Singleton was not a listed driver on the policy although he lived in the same household as the insured.  The claim would not have been covered had Dairyland known who the true driver of the vehicle was. 

On 14 February 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, case # CR19-1801, Morris Parker (42 of North Little Rock) entered a plea of no contest to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A Misdemeanor) and to one count of Attempted Forgery (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay court costs. He was also ordered to pay full restitution to Allstate Insurance in the amount of $5,851.05 for their investigative expenses. On 07 March 2016, Morris Parker reported a burglary of his residence in North Little Rock, AR.  On 09 March 2016, Parker reported the burglary to his home insurance carrier, Allstate Insurance, and filed an insurance claim on the same.  In support of his claim, Parker provided fictitious receipts of items that he claimed he purchased.  Parker submitted to an examination under oath on 22 April 2016, for his insurance company.  At the examination under oath, Parker explained that he had bank records that would verify the purchases he was claiming but his expenditures could not be verified.  Parker’s claim was denied but not before Allstate had expended $5,851.05 for investigation of the claim.

On 01 February 2022, in the Circuit Court of Lonoke County (CR 22-6), Benny Wilson entered a plea of guilty to one count of Criminal Attempt Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class A Misdemeanor). He received one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 24 August 2021, Benny "Ben" Wilson III bound an auto policy with Progressive Insurance. On 30 August 2021, Ben Wilson filed a claim reporting his 2017 Ford F-250 was damaged on 29 August 2021, due to Ben Wilson running over pieces of a tire on the roadway. During the investigation, Ben Wilson submitted a video to Progressive which showed the reported damage to his 2017 Ford F-250. The metadata of the video was accessed and showed a creation date of 23 August 2021, one (1) day prior to Ben Wilson’s Progressive policy inception date.  In his statement to Progressive, Wilson stated Jake Jordan was with him at the time of the accident.  Wilson further stated that he called a friend, Trey Wilson, to tow his truck to Benny Wilson’s residence.  Progressive reviewed his phone logs and there was no record of a phone call to Trey Wilson.  When Wilson was confronted with this information, he stated that he forgot that he used Jake Jordan’s phone.  Jordan was contacted and stated he was not with B. Wilson at the time of the accident. 

On 21 January 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 21-3417), Cedric Laws entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 15 January 2021, Cedric Laws of Little Rock bound an insurance policy with Progressive Insurance for a 2003 Cadillac Escalade that he alleged was his vehicle.  On 24 January 2021, a vandalism claim was made on the vehicle while it was in Dallas TX.  During the claims process it was determined that the vehicle actually belonged to his brother who lived in Texas but had a suspended driver’s license and was unable to bind coverage.  When questioned about this Mr. Laws lied about who actually owned the vehicle.

On 10 January 2022, in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County, April Bays entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received three years of suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) and was ordered to pay a $250 fine plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 22 December 2018, April Bays bound a renter's policy through American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida (Assurant). On 3 January 2019, April Bays reported to West Memphis Police that her residence had been burglarized and property stolen. On the same day, April Bays reported the burglary and theft to Assurant. On 7 January 2019 April Bays submitted photographs to Assurant of some of the property allegedly stolen supported by nine receipts from Walmart.  A review of the receipts showed that some of them had been submitted in claims by other policy holders, and in every case the items purchased had been returned to the store the same day. 

On 10 January 2022, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR21-2747), Mark Cravens entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  Mark Cravens was involved in an auto accident on 08 July 2020, during a period when he had no insurance coverage. Mr. Cravens then obtained insurance on 09 July 2020, the next day, with Direct General insurance. On 20 July 2020, less than two weeks later, Mr. Cravens reported a claim to Direct General Insurance alleging that he was involved in an accident on 19 July 2020.  He stated in the claim that he did not have a police report and that the other vehicle involved fled the scene. Mr. Cravens stated that he had no previous damage at the time of the accident.   He further did not mention the valid accident of 08 July 2020. During the investigation Direct General found that Mr. Cravens actually had the accident on 08 July 2020, a day before he obtained coverage. When he was informed of this information, Mr. Cravens withdrew his claim.

On 05 January 2022, in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, (CR20-474), Mikelle Lee (of White Hall) entered a plea of no contest to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to one year SIS. She was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, plus court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 17 March 2020, Robin Wells backed her vehicle into a parked car that belonged to Mikelle Lee.  The accident happened in the in the parking lot of the apartment complex located at 405 Reynold Road, in White Hall.  Wells called the White Hall Police Department from the scene and an officer responded.  Wells stated that the vehicle that she had struck was parked at the time and that it was unoccupied.  Upon the officer’s arrival, he was able to contact the owner of the parked vehicle, Mikelle Lee, who was inside her apartment.  The officer stated that Lee took some time to open the door and appeared to be wearing pajamas and a robe.  Once the officer informed Lee of the accident, Lee went down to the parking lot to look at the damage to her vehicle.  On or about 19 March 2020, Lee spoke with a representative of the insurance company that insured Wells’ vehicle.  Lee told the insurance company representative that she was in her car when the accident happened and that she was injured as a result.  When the insurance representative explained to Lee that Wells had already told them that the vehicle was unoccupied, Lee stated that she would then be filing the injury claim under her own insurance policy. 

On 29 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Benton County (CR 21-413), Anthony Manring entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to six (6) years of suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) and was ordered to pay a $1000 fine,  plus court costs.   The sentence was issued concurrent to other charges to which he also pled guilty. On 01 JUL 2020, at approximately 1859hrs, Anthony Manring was involved in a one vehicle accident in Bella Vista, Arkansas in which the Bella Vista Police Department responded to the scene. This accident resulted in the passenger side front wheel dislocating completely from Manring’s vehicle which made it inoperable. A wrecker responded to the scene at the request of Mr. Manring. Bentonville Towing towed Mr. Manring’s vehicle to his residence at 28 Constance Circle, Belle Vista. Mr. Manring requested that no report be made regarding the incident and was given a ride to his residence. At the time of the accident he was uninsured. On 01 JUL 2020, at 2126hrs, Anthony Manring obtained a vehicle policy through Progressive Insurance. His policy did not include collision coverage or rental reimbursement. On 03 JUL 2020 at 1348hrs, Anthony Manring changed his policy to add collision coverage and rental reimbursement. He was advised that the changes would not go into effect until 08 JUL 2020. On 08 JUL 2020, Anthony Manring filed a property damage claim with Progressive in which he stated that on 08 JUL 2020 his vehicle struck an object in Bella Vista, Arkansas which caused his passenger side front tire to fall off. Mr. Manring submitted a Bentonville Towing receipt to Progressive as proof of the date and time of the accident. An AIDCID Investigator contacted Bentonville Towing to confirm the validity of the receipt submitted by Mr. Manring. The investigator was advised that the vehicle was towed twice for Mr. Manring. The first tow was on 01 JUL 2020. On this date the vehicle was towed from the intersection of Hwy. 340 and Chelsea Road to Mr. Manring’s residence at 28 Constance Circle. The second tow took place on 08 JUL 2020. On this date the vehicle was towed from Mr. Manring’s residence to “Nicks Automotive”. The tow receipt submitted by Mr. Manring was the tow receipt from 01 JUL 2020. This receipt had been altered by Mr. Manring to show the date of the tow to be 08 JUL 2020 at the top of the document. Police dash camera footage recorded shortly after the time of the incident from the Bella Vista Police Department shows the date and time of the occurrence as 01 JUL 2020 at approximately 1901hrs.

On 15 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County (CR 20-871), Ronchella Neely entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to three years suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs. On 31 Oct 2018, Ronchella Neely bound a renter's policy through American Bankers Insurance Co. Four days later on 04 Nov 2018, Ronchella Neely reported to the West Memphis Police Dept. that her apartment had been broken into and burglarized and numerous items stolen. On 07 Nov 2018, Ronchella Neely reported to American Bankers Insurance Co. the burglary of her apartment and the theft of numerous items. On 08 Nov 2018, Ronchella Neely provided copies of receipts from Walmart and Finish Line, among others. Contact was made with the manager at Pine Ridge Apartments. She stated that she wasn't aware of a burglary. The damage to the door was done by Ronchella Neely prior to the reported burglary and it hadn't been repaired.   Walmart in West Memphis provided information that the items on the receipt dated 10/18/17 from that store were all returned on the same day; the receipt dated 09/11/18 for an Ipad was also returned on the same day. An employee  with Finish Line stated that the receipt was for shoes purchased on 12/26/17 at 1:01 p.m.  Their records showed that the shoes were returned at 1:11 p.m.

On 15 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County (CR 20-846), Troynautica Hart entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to three years Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS) and ordered to pay a fine of  $250, plus court costs. On 04 Jan 2019, Troynautica Hart bound a renter's policy with American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida (Assurant). On 13 Jan 2019, Marion Police were dispatched to her apartment in Marion, AR. in reference to a burglary reported by Troynautica Hart. On 15 Jan 2019, Troynautica Hart reported the burglary and theft to American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida (Assurant). On 18 Jan 2019, Troynautica Hart provided copies of receipts from Walmart for an Acer Chromebook, Lenovo laptop, Apple watch, Hisense 50 TV, Xbox 1, headset, Vizio TV, Best Buy for a Cyclone Motorhead, Hibbett Sports for shoes, Pandora for bracelet, Bepeithy for prom dress, City Gear for shoes. A review of the four receipts that she submitted from Walmart showed that after the sale the purchased items had been returned within minutes.  It was also found that the Walmart and Best Buy receipts that she submitted for items that she purportedly purchased that she alleged were stolen were used in other insurance claims by different claimants.

On 14 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Hot Spring County (CR 21-214), Angela Brown entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to three (3) years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, plus court costs. Angela Brown had a renter’s policy with State Farm Insurance.  On 16 October 2020, she reported that her house was broken into when she and her fiancé left to go to a doctor’s appointment.   When they returned from the appointment, they found that the house had been broken into.  Malvern PD responded and found a bedroom window broken with a brick on the bedroom floor, but only found glass outside the house and no glass inside the house.  Officers took photos of the scene.  At the scene Angela Brown reported to the officers that two phones were stolen.  During her initial claim with State Farm she alleged the two phones and then added two televisions to the inventory of stolen items. On 29 October 2020 an examination under oath was conducted by State Farm attorneys.  During the examination Angela Brown added to the claim a couch and loveseat valued at $1,495 and a freezer valued at $1,485.00 to her claim.  A review of the photos taken by the police officers at the scene show a couch, loveseat, large TV and freezer still in the home after the burglary.

On 14 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Washington County (CR21-1586), Hosea Carroll (of Fayetteville) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to four3 years of supervised probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, plus court costs of $590.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On 11 January 2021, Hosea Carroll’s policy with Geico insurance cancelled due to nonpayment. Carroll was mailed notice of the cancellation.  The cancellation notice also explained to Carroll that he still owed money for the time in which his vehicle was insured before the cancellation.  On 06 May 2021, Hosea Carroll was involved in a motor vehicle accident with Michael Sams.  On 08 May 2021, Carroll obtained another automobile policy with Geico Insurance for the same car that was involved in the earlier accident, a 2010 Ford Fusion.  Carroll had to obtain a new policy with Geico, since his original policy had lapsed. On 09 May 2021, Carroll filed a claim with Geico Insurance, stating that he had been involved in an accident.  In filing the claim, Carroll alleged that the date of loss was 09 May 2021, which was after he had purchased his new policy.  Carroll gave a recorded statement to Geico on 11 May 2021, in which he again alleged the date of loss to be after he purchased the policy. Photos were taken at the scene of the accident and provided to Geico.  When the metadata was examined, it was discovered that said pictures were taken on 06 May 2021.  Michael Sams, the other driver involved in the accident was contacted and also confirmed the real date of loss to be 06 May 2021.  Carroll provided the false information to his insurance company in the hopes that the claim would be covered. On 14 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Washington County (CR21-1586), Hosea Carroll (of Fayetteville) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to four3 years of supervised probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, plus court costs of $590.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.