On 01 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Cross County (CR20-316), Alesha Patterson (of Little Rock) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Forgery (Class C Felony), one count of Theft of Property (Class C Felony).  She was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,500.  She was also ordered to pay court costs, and to pay restitution in the amount of $14,530.  On or about 09 June 2017, Diane Patterson obtained an insurance policy from AFLAC Insurance Company to cover cancer and accidental injuries.  Alesha Patterson is the daughter of Diane Patterson.  Policyholder Diane Patterson allegedly submitted wellness claims under her policies for 29 different dependents. The description on the policies form covers dependents that are her natural children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children who are under age 26. The insurance company contacted Diane Patterson who denied having filed any claim on the above individuals, stating that the address used, P.O. Box 112, Parkin, AR., belongs to her daughter Alesha Patterson.  This is the address that was used in the submission of the claims.  An AIDCID investigator assigned to this case and was able to determine that the documents were submitted by Alesha Patterson, who used the name of her mother, Diane Patterson to be able to file the claims.  The investigator further established that the documents submitted by Alesha Patterson were fictitious, the individuals listed on the claim forms did not exist, and treatments listed on the claim forms were never performed.  On 28 January 2019, the AIDCID investigator advised Alesha Patterson of her rights under Miranda using a standard rights form which she signed indicating she understood. Alesha Patterson admitted that she had submitted the fictitious forms and claims under her mother's policies. Alesha Patterson had used fictitious names and falsified medical documents to submit to AFLAC under the name of her mother and had the claims funds sent to her address (Alesha Patterson’s address).  As a result of the fictitious documents submitted by Alesha Patterson, a total of $14,530.00 in over payments were made ($2,250.00 on Cancer wellness claims and $12,280.00 on accidental injuries) and received by Alesha Patterson under the assumed named of Diane Patterson.

On 01 December 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR19-4888), Kiara Anderson (of Little Rock) was found guilty, by a jury of her peers, of committing Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to 1 year probation and ordered to pay a fine of $500.  In December of 2018, Kiara Anderson had a valid insurance policy with Progressive Insurance Company. The policy was on her 2007 Ford, and had a $2,000 collision deductible, a $2,000 comprehensive deductible, and a $200 uninsured motorist property damage deductible.  On 03 December 2018, Anderson said she was involved in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 30.  Anderson called the Arkansas State Police to the scene and a report was made (# A-12/18-1469).  Anderson told the police that she was entering the freeway when an unknown white car ran her off the road.  She then stated that her hood flew up and cracked her windshield.  The police officer took a photograph showing damage to the windshield and hood and the officer further noted in the report that the only damage was to the windshield and the hood. From the scene of the alleged accident, Kiara Anderson called in a claim to her insurance carrier in which she stated that she had been involved in a hit and run accident, in which another vehicle actually struck hers and made her hit a wall on the side of the interstate.  After being questioned about how the accident happened, Anderson emailed photographs to her insurance carrier on 07 December 2018, which showed damage only to the hood and the windshield.  On 12 December 2018, Anderson sent her insurance carrier more photographs, this time showing new damage, specifically damage to the right marker light and front bumper.  The damage to the right light and front bumper was not present on the car on 03 December2018 when the state trooper took photographs of the car and was not present in the photographs that Anderson had sent days earlier.  Anderson was not able to explain how any new damage was shown in the photographs that she sent and maintained that the damage happened in the accident on 03 December 2018.   In a recorded statement given on 20 December 2018, to her insurance company, Anderson stated that she had been contacted by Salenthia Danner.  Anderson stated that she had made a public Facebook post about the accident and that Danner had seen it, responded to Anderson, and told Anderson that she had witnessed the accident.  Danner then gave a recorded statement to Anderson’s insurance company stating that she witnessed the hit and run as Anderson had claimed.  Both Anderson and Danner denied knowing one another.  It was later found from Danner’s mother that Anderson and Danner had been friends since high school and knew each other well.  Anderson made false statements in an attempt to get her deductible lowered from $2,000 to $200 under her uninsured motorist coverage.

On 23 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County, Jamika Watson entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received three years of suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $250 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 8 January 2019, Jamika Watson bound a renter's policy through American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida (Assurant). On 22 January 2019, Jamika Watson reported to the West Memphis Police that her residence had been burglarized and property stolen. On 22 January 2019, Jamika Watson reported the burglary and theft to Assurant. On 29 January 2019 Jamika Watson submitted photographs of property and receipts to Assurant.  On 19 April 2019, Assurant noted that a Hibbett Sports receipt for $310.10 was also submitted on a claim by Troynautica Hart on 15 January 2019 and by Tonisha Gaither on 16 December 2018.  On 23 December 2019, AIDCID received information from Assurant that Jamika Watson's policy was paid with the same Visa card as was Troynautica Hart and Tonisha Gaither. This Visa card was issued through Meta Bank in the name of Tonisha Gaither who also pled guilty to committing insurance fraud using receipts for items that had already been returned to the merchants. 

On 23 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County (CR 21-355), Carnell Banks entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine, plus court costs. On 29 December 2018, Carnell Banks bound a renter's policy through American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida (Assurant). On 10 January 2019, Carnell Banks reported to the West Memphis Police Dept. that his residence at 511 Weaver St., West Memphis had been burglarized and numerous items stolen. On 10 January 2019, Carnell Banks reported a burglary and theft to Assurant. On 16 January 2019, Carnell Banks sent to Assurant photographs of receipts and a stereo system for proof of ownership. Receipts were from Walmart, Dillards, Best Buy, City Gear, Shoe Carnival, Mr. Goldman VII, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Defend LLC, Kids Foot Locker, US Kids, Marshalls, AT&T, Champs, Rack Room, Perkins, Sole Ace, Perfume & Shades, Foot Locker and a photograph of a stereo.  It was later determined that:

1.   The Walmart receipt from 10/18/17 reflected the purchase of an Xbox 1, Vizio TV and headphone. It was later determined that these items were returned within 16 minutes of purchase. This receipt was used in three separate insurance claims by Troynautica Hart,  Tonisha Gaither, and Joyce Thornton.

2.    The Best Buy receipt dated 09/11/18 reflected the purchase of a Cyclone V10 Motor Head. This item was returned within 4 minutes of purchase.  This receipt was also used in two separate claims filed by Troynautica Hart and Tonisha Gaither.

3.    The Walmart receipt dated 02/27/18 was for the purchase of an Apple watch, Xbox 1, Hisens 50" TV.  These items were returned 11 minutes later.  This receipt was used in three separate insurance claims filed by April Bays, Tonisha Gaither, and Troynautica Hart.

4.    The Walmart receipt dated 09/05/18 was for the purchase of a Lenovo laptop.  This item was returned 11 minutes later.  This receipt was also used in two separate claims by Troynautica Hart and Joyce Thornton. 

On 23 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County (CR 20-876), Tonisha Gaither entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). She received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine, plus court costs.  She was ordered to pay restitution of $4,816.99 to Assurant Insurance. On 12 December 2018, Tonisha Gaither obtained a renter's policy through American Bankers Insurance Company (Assurant). On 16 December 2018, the West Memphis Police Department responded to the residence of Tonisha Gaither in reference to a burglary. The Officer did not see any sign of forced entry as reported by Gaither. On 16 December 2018, Tonisha Gaither reported to American Bankers Insurance that her apartment had been burglarized and property stolen. Gaither then filed a burglary claim with Assurant. On 18 December 2018, Tonisha Gaither sent via email photographs of receipts from Walmart, Hibbett Sports, Abe's Pawn Shop, Best Buy, City Gear, Pandora, Jared's, Kay's Jewelry, Macy's, and the police report. On 26 December 2018, a payment of $4816.99 was made to Tonisha Gaither. It was determined after the receipts were received by Assurant that the receipts from Walmart had been submitted on other claims by different individuals and that the merchandise listed in the receipts had been returned within minutes of being purchased. The receipt from Hibbett Sports had been submitted with two other claims. The receipt from Abe's Pawn Shop had been submitted in one other claim. The Best Buy receipt had been submitted in one other claim and the merchandise had been returned within minutes of being purchased. The receipt from City Gear was submitted in one other claim. The receipted items from Jared's had been returned prior to the burglary.  Assurant determined that Tonisha Gaither's policy was paid with a Visa card that was used to purchase the insurance policies of co-defendants Jamika Watson and Troynautica Hart.

On 10 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR20-3104), Akilah McGriff (of Jacksonville) entered a plea of no contest to Filing a False Police Report (Class A Misdemeanor).  She received a fine of $500, was ordered to pay court costs, and was ordered to pay full restitution of $2,156.50. On 09 July 2019, Akilah McGriff called the Jacksonville Police Department and reported that her car had been hit while it was parked in her driveway.  The police department came to the scene, took photographs, and completed a report based on the information provided by McGriff.  On 10 July 2019, McGriff called Hallmark Insurance and reported that her vehicle had been hit while it was parked in her driveway.  As the damage to the car did not seem to match the facts of loss reported by McGriff, American Hallmark Insurance Company hired Rimkus Consulting Group to review the data from the airbag control module in McGriff’s car.  The information was downloaded from McGriff’s car on 17 July 2019.  The data showed that the damage had occurred while the vehicle was traveling 20.5 miles per hour, which was different to what McGriff had stated.  When interviewed by an AIDCID investigator on 09 August 2019, McGriff maintained that her car had been struck while parked, unoccupied, in her driveway.  McGriff filed a false police report in anticipation of filing her insurance claim and American Hallmark expended $2,156.50 in the investigation of the claim. No claims funds were paid to McGriff.

On 10 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 20-2856), Christopher Riles entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He received two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 22 April 2019, Christopher Riles went to A & B Auto Sales in North Little Rock to purchase a vehicle. During the purchase process, Riles gave the sales associate an insurance document from the Stephens Insurance Agency claiming that the vehicle he was purchasing would be insured by them.  Christopher Riles failed to make payments on the vehicle and the dealership began steps for repossession. When A&B contacted the Stephens Insurance Agency for a current address on Riles they found out that Riles never had a policy with Stephens Insurance and that the insurance document presented to A&B Auto Sales by Christopher Riles was fraudulent.

On 08 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 21-1678), Jennifer Davis entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). She received three years suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus court costs.  She was also ordered to pay restitution of $5,129.36 to AFLAC Insurance.   The sentence issued was pursuant to Act 346.  Jennifer Davis of Little Rock had a AFLAC Insurance policy.  From 2017 to 2019 she submitted twenty-nine (29) insurance claims to AFLAC regarding a prescription of Tamoxifen 20mg.  She alleged that the prescriptions were filled at Walgreens in Little Rock and was reimbursed by AFLAC.   AFLAC contacted Walgreens and learned that Jennifer Davis actually only filled the prescription five (5) times, which contradicted the claims submitted to ALFAC. As a result of these fraudulent claims, AFLAC paid Jennifer Davis $5129.36 to which she was not entitled.

On 02 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Phillips County (CR 20-28), Latora White entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). She received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs. On 03 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Phillips County (CR 20-28), Kentaiveia Guy entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). She received two years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs. The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 03 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Phillips County (CR 20-28), Jacqueline Guy entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). She received two years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs. The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On 03 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Phillips County (CR 20-28), Lakevis King entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony). He received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs. The sentence was pursuant to Act 531.  On 02 Oct 2018, Latora White obtained a comprehensive auto insurance policy through Esurance on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. On 17 Oct 2018, the Phillips Co. Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 44. The owner/driver of the vehicle was Latora White. The passengers listed were Makayla White, Jacqueline Guy, Lakevis King and Kentaiveia Guy. When the Deputy arrived at the scene the vehicle was laying on the driver's side with emergency flashers on. The five occupants were laying on the side of the highway with no noticeable injuries. The five individuals gave conflicting statements about where they were sitting in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The deputy attempted to open the passenger side doors but noticed that they were both locked. The occupants had stated at the scene that they got out of passenger side, but the deputy noticed that the windows were not down, and the doors were creased shut and would not open. The vehicle was in soft mud but the only footprints the deputy saw around the vehicle were his own. On 18 Oct 2018, Latora White notified Esurance of the crash. She stated that she was driving on Hwy 44, swerved to miss a deer, ran off the road and struck a tree. All of the alleged passengers gave statements that they were sitting in the vehicle at the time of the accident. On 26 Nov 2018, the ACM/EDR (Airbag Control Module/Event Data Recorder) was downloaded. The data showed that the driver's seatbelt was unbuckled and the passenger seat was empty at the time of the accident. The download was consistent with the Chevrolet traveling at a low rate of speed between 0 and 1.9 mph before the accelerator was suddenly pressed to 99 percent. The engine was idling before being suddenly revved up just prior to triggering events (the crash into the tree and the rollover).

On 02 November 2021, in the Circuit Court of Lonoke County, (CR21-425), Debra Sullivan (of England) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She received two years supervised probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs of $785.  On 10 June 2020, Debra Sullivan obtained an automobile policy with GEICO Insurance on her 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe.  On 29 June 2020, Debra Sullivan filed a vehicle damage claim with GEICO for her 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe.  Sullivan claimed that the damage occurred on 28 June 2020, in North Little Rock when she was trying to avoid hitting a deer.  During the claims investigation, GEICO obtained the police report which reflects that the accident in question occurred on 07 June 2020, before Sullivan purchased insurance on her vehicle.  On 02 July 2020, a GEICO investigator spoke with Sullivan and confronted her with the above information.  Sullivan admitted when the accident actually occurred and said that she did it because she did not have insurance on her vehicle at the time of the collision.  On 07 August 2020, an AIDCID investigator read Sullivan her Miranda rights and took a statement from her.  During said statement, Sullivan admitted that she lied when she filed her claim so that she could get her vehicle’s damage covered.  No claims were paid.

On 28 October 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 21-29754), Ariel Little entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received 18 months of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On 10 Jan 2020, Ariel Little purchased a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox and bound GEICO insurance at the time of purchase.   In February her policy lapsed for non-payment. On 11 March 2020, at approx. 0830 hrs., Ariel Little was involved in an auto accident on I630 in Little Rock. At the scene she provided her Geico Insurance information. Shortly after the impact on 11 March 2020 at approx. 0838 hrs. CST., Ariel Little made a payment on her Geico policy to bring her policy current.  On 11 March 2020, at approx. 1037 hrs., Geico received a call from the other driver in the accident who reported the crash involving Ariel Little. He later forwarded photographs of the crash from the scene with metadata that showed the photos were taken at 0833 on 11 March 2020.  On 31 March 2020, GEICO took a recorded statement from Ariel Little where Little stated that the crash occurred on 11 March about 9:00 a.m. on I-630. She further stated that she added insurance to her vehicle that morning between 8:00 and 8:20 and the crash happened at 9:00.   On two separate occasions in her statement she stated that she had insurance BEFORE the crash.  When GEICO advised Little of the photograph and the metadata date and time Little stated that she would withdraw her claim.

On 7 October 2021, Alana Crimm entered a plea of guilty to 12 counts of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony) in Franklin County Circuit Court (CR 21-19).  Crimm was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs and restitution of $2,260.85 to Smith Funeral Home. She was sentenced under Act 346.  Alana Crimm worked as a bookkeeper for Smith Funeral Home in Charleston, AR.  As such she was responsible for taking payments from customers who purchased “preneed” burial policies issued by Selected Funeral and Life Insurance Company (SFLIC) to pay for funeral costs upon the death of the insured.  After a forensic accountant performed an audit of Smith Mortuary books it was determined that twelve preneed customers made cash premium payments that were never deposited in Smith Mortuary accounts.  Criminal Investigation Division investigators interviewed Alana Crimm who admitted to taking the cash payments for her personal use with the intent of paying the funds back later.  The cash payments totaled $2,260.85.

On 4 October 2021, in the Circuit Court of Greene County (CR 21-630), Ariel Brooks entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $400 fine.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On Sunday, 13 December 2020, at 11:54 am, Andrew Eddleman contacted the Jonesboro Police Department to inform them that a vehicle had backed into his 2017 Toyota Highlander in the parking lot of Slim Chickens in Jonesboro. Jonesboro police responded and identified a 2008 GMC Yukon registered to Ariel Brooks and driven by James Tarvina as the vehicle that struck Eddleman’s vehicle.  At about 12:00 pm, the same day, GEICO received an online application for insurance from Ariel Brooks to insure the 2008 GMC Yukon that James Tarvin was driving. In the application, Brooks mentions that she had not had insurance since 30 October 2020.  On Monday, 14 December 2020, Ariel Brooks filed a claim with GEICO and misrepresented the facts when she said it occurred on Sunday, 13 December 2020 at 12:05 pm. On 4 January 2021, an Arkansas Insurance Department Criminal Investigator spoke with Ariel Brooks, and she confirmed she applied for the GEICO policy because she was not insured. Brooks also confirmed that she filed the claim in question. With the evidence provided, Ariel Brooks’ vehicle was not insured on Sunday, 13 December 2020 at 11:54 am, when the accident occurred. When Brooks filed her claim with GEICO, she fraudulently misrepresented the time the accident occurred to reflect it was after the time she applied for her policy.

On 4 October 2021, in the Circuit Court of Lincoln County, (CR 20-127), Kenneth Price entered a plea of guilty to one count of Falsifying a Business Record (Class A Misdemeanor).  He received one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs.  On March 10, 2018, Kenneth Price filed a claim for storm damage to his roof in Gould, AR and was paid on the claim.   Two years later on April 12, 2020 Price submitted another insurance claim to his carrier, Farm Bureau Insurance, for storm damage at the same location in Gould, AR which included his roof again as part of the claim.  Price was advised he needed to provide proof his roof had been repaired from the insurance claim he filed in March 2018. On May 14, 2020, Kenneth Price submitted an invoice from Mark Hatcher Roofing dated September 20, 2017, to Farm Bureau. The invoice #1114 for $6,600.00 that was submitted was allegedly for the previous insurance claim filed by Price for the roof replacement for the March 10, 2018 storm damage. A review of the invoice showed that it actually pre-dates the date of the 2018 loss so an investigation was opened.  An interview was conducted with Benjamin “Bo” Hatcher, the owner of Mark Hatcher Roofing. Hatcher stated he did not do any of the work listed on the invoice. Hatcher stated Price had asked him for the forged invoice in order to obtain additional payment from Farm Bureau. Hatcher admitted to giving Price the invoice and back dating the invoice for Price to obtain additional payment.

On 4 October 2021, in the Circuit Court of Phillips County, (CR 21-77), Dashon Hawkins entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He received three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $750 fine, plus court costs.  The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On November 11, 2020, Farm Bureau's insured, Calvin Holden. had an accident in the Walmart parking lot in West Helena when he backed into a pickup truck that was parked behind him in the parking lot.  The vehicle Holden struck was occupied by one passenger, Ariel Burton. The police were called and when they arrived a man named Dashon Hawkins stated he also was occupying the truck as the driver while it was parked in the parking lot. Mr. Hawkins called in the loss to Farm Bureau and gave a statement that he was in the truck when the accident happened, and he hit his head on the steering wheel causing injury for which he sought medical treatment. The insurance adjuster asked Walmart to pulled the video of the parking lot at the time of the accident.  A review of the footage shows Mr. Hawkins driving into the parking lot and exiting the pickup from the driver’s door and entering Walmart.  It shows him exiting Walmart and approaching the pickup just prior to the impact when Holden’s vehicle struck Hawkins vehicle.  At the time of the impact Hawkins is clearly seen in the video safely outside the truck and not in the driver’s seat as he stated in his insurance claim. 

On 4 October 2021, in the Circuit Court of Drew County, (CR20-17), Dustyn Codie Martin (of Warren) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He received five years Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS), and was ordered to pay court costs of $430.  Dustyn Martin alleged that he fell on some steps at his grandparents’ house on March 11, 2019.  Martin further alleged that, as a result of the fall, he injured his leg.  Martin filed an injury claim with Foremost Insurance, the insurance company that insures his grandparents’ home.  On April 15, 2019, Martin gave a recorded statement to a claims adjuster from Foremost Insurance Company, in which he detailed his injuries, stating that he had lost income, and stated that he had expenses as a result of his injuries.  In the statement, he said that he would be submitting supporting documents for his claims.   On June 19, 2019, Martin submitted a demand letter to Foremost Insurance.  On July 2, 2019, Martin followed up on his demand letter as the insurance company representative had asked for proof of his claimed losses.  Martin provided three receipts for lawn care expenses totaling $2,040 from Logan Smith lawn care. An AIDCID Investigator spoke with Logan Smith, who stated that he had done some work for Martin in the past, but had not done any work for Martin in 2019 and that the receipts that Martin submitted were not created by Logan Smith. Martin also stated, in an email, that he had provided a check stub for one pay period as an attorney from 2018 that purported to show his weekly pay from the law firm of Streetman, Meeks, & Gibson.  The AIDCID investigator spoke with a partner in the law firm, who provided the entire pay stub (Martin had misled the insurance company by providing only a part of the pay stub).  The entire pay stub provided by the law firm partner showed that this was a pay stub from 2017, not a weekly paycheck, and that Martin did not make near the amount that he had claimed.  Further, the partner explained that Martin’s employment had been terminated in early 2018.  Martin’s attorney license was suspended on October 18, 2018, and was not reinstated.  All of the claims in any amount for any legal work claimed in 2019 were fraudulent as Martin was not an active attorney.  Martin committed Fraudulent Insurance Acts when he submitted his demand letter and subsequently provided false information and fictitious documents in support thereof. 

On 28 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Jackson County (34CR 20-345),  Luvnia Smith entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Forgery 2nd (Class C Felony), two counts of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony) and one count of theft of property less than $5,000 (Class D Felony).  She received four years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $750 fine, plus court costs. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $2007.00 to AFLAC.  Luvnia Smith of Newport, AR had a disability policy with AFLAC Insurance.  On 19 April 2018, she submitted an Initial Disability Claim Forms-Physician Statement to AFLAC alleging that she was disabled and deserving payment under her disability policy with AFLAC.  The form showed an Obstetrician-Gynecologist MD in Batesville as the signing physician.  On 27 April 2018 AFLAC sent out an initial payment on this claim for $2,007 for the period of 08 April 2017 to 20 May 2017. For Ms. Smith to continue to receive benefits AFLAC required her to submit a new Disability Claim Form every two months.  Ms. Smith submitted a new claim form on 08 May 2017 that was also allegedly signed by the same MD.  With this form, AFLAC contacted the doctor to corroborate Smith’s treatment.  The doctor confirmed that he treated Smith during this period but never placed her on disability and never produced or signed the forms.  Both of the submitted forms were forged which made the initial payment fraudulent.

On 16 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Columbia County (CR 20-87), Kokeisha Murphy entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony) and one count of Forgery 2nd (Class C Felony).  She was allowed to enter the “Alternative Sentence Program” for a 6 month term.  On 26 Sept 2019, an auto policy was bound with Esurance under the name of Fanesha Hayes on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. On 14 Oct 2019, a person identifying herself as Fanesha Hayes filed a claim online with Esurance alleging that her vehicle had been involved in a crash. On 15 Oct 2019, the other party to the accident, Dennis Aguilar, gave a statement that the crash happened at an auto dealership in El Dorado, AR. He didn't remember the exact date but believed it happened on Sept. 9th. He provided a photo with a date stamp of 09/09/2019.  An Esurance SIU took a recorded statement from an individual identifying herself as Fanesha Hayes. During the statement, she stated that the crash occurred on 11 Oct 2019 at an auto dealership in El Dorado but she could not remember the name. A representative with Mallard Motors in El Dorado, AR. stated that the crash took place on 09 Sept 2019.  The customer he was with at the time of the crash purchased a car and the documents show the date.  On 02 Jan 2020, an AIDCID investigator met with an individual who represented herself to be Fanesha Hayes in Magnolia, AR.  This person did not match the photos of Fanesha Hayes and it was later determined that this individual was in fact Fanesha Hayes’ sister Kokeisha Murphy.  When confronted with this fact Kokeisha Murphy returned with the real Fanesha Hayes.  Ms. Hayes stated that she had given the car to her sister Kokeisha Murphy. She didn't know anything about an insurance policy or a crash. Kokeisha Murphy was questioned further and stated that she was in fact involved in the crash and not Fanesha Hayes. She did receive a car from her sister Fanesha Hayes. She admitted that she had represented herself to the investigators at an earlier time as Fanesha Hayes. She denied representing herself to Esurance as Fanesha Hayes. She admitted that she made a statement to the insurance company. On 06 Jan 2020, the AIDCID investigator spoke with the Esurance SIU who stated that she took a recorded telephone conversation with an individual who identified themself as Fanesha Hayes and that person said the date of the accident was 11 October 2019. 

On 20 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 20-2544), Ashley Anderson entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony) and one count of Theft of Property (Class C Felony).  She received three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $750 fine (with $200 suspended on proof of COVID vaccination), plus court costs.  She was further ordered to pay restitution of $5,615.31 to State Farm Insurance.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 531.  On O3 April 2017, Ashley Anderson filed a report with the Little Rock Police Department regarding the theft of her 2015 Toyota Camry. On the same day, she filed a claim with State Farm.  On 26 May 2017, State Farm paid Toyota Financial $15,565.31 and the vehicle was titled in State Farm's name.   On 16 June, 2018 Ashley Anderson was stopped in Arkansas County just outside of Stuttgart by the Arkansas State Police while she was driving the 2015 Toyota Camry that State Farm paid her for. State Farm took possession of the vehicle and sold it at auction for $9,950.

On 20 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 20-2432), Connie Moore entered a plea of no contest to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He received two years suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $500 fine (with $200 suspended on proof of COVID vaccination),  plus court costs.   The sentence issued was pursuant to Act 346.  Connie Moore had a policy with Farmers Insurance for his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup.  On 17 June 2017 Connie Moore filed a claim on the S-10 pickup alleging a hit and run that caused damage to the front bumper.  A police report was filed and an adjuster completed an estimate with photos.  It was later determined that there was a previous GEICO claim filed on  01 June 2017, alleging damage to the front bumper.  A photo comparison of the damage shows that the 17 June damage is identical to the 01 June damage.  Connie eventually admitted to CID investigators that he misrepresented the claim to Farmers and that the damage to the front bumper was on his truck was pre-existing damage.

On 07 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Arkansas County (CR 21-134), Khristal Baser entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to 120 days in the Department of Community Correction and 60 months supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay a $3,000.00 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 531.  This sentence runs concurrent to other charges in another case.  On 21 February 2021, a claim was filed by an alleged GEICO policyholder, Malia Ingram, reporting that she was involved in an accident with Khristal Baser in Alexander while driving her 2005 Jeep Cherokee. Khristal Baser also reported from Arkansas County to GEICO that Ingram struck her 2011 Nissan Maxima resulting in extensive damages. The point of concern for GEICO, was that a Car Fax report reflected that Khristal Baser’s vehicle was damaged on 11 February 2021 resulting in the airbags deploying. In addition to that, Malia Ingram’s policy was created on 16 February 2021. On 21 April 2021, an Arkansas Insurance Department Criminal Investigator spoke with Khristal Baser, and she admitted that she damaged her vehicle on 11 February 2021 and had no insurance. Additionally, she said that the policy that was allegedly created by Malia Ingram was in fact created by Khristal Baser, and she admitted that she opened a policy with GEICO as if she were Malia Ingram to facilitate fixing her vehicle.  

On 16 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 19-4278), Corsheatia Lomax entered a plea of no contest to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus court costs.   On 14 June 2019, Corsheatia Lomax filed a vehicle damage claim with American Hallmark Insurance Company. Lomax alleged that she was driving her 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which was occupied by her niece, Jacqueline Perry, and was exiting Interstate 30 in Little Rock  when she was struck from behind by a work truck which fled the scene. Lomax claimed damage to the rear and later the passenger door/fender.  It was confirmed that the damages that Lomax was claiming were preexisting and had been claimed in at least two previous claims.   Her niece gave a statement confirming that the damaged claimed was pre-existing.

On 13 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Woodruff County, (74CR 20-35), Christopher Cain entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was pursuant to Act 346.  On 01 October 2019, at 11:35pm CST, Chris Cain purchased a Progressive Direct Insurance policy.  On 07 October 2019, he reported that the evening prior (06 October 2019) he drove his vehicle into a ditch after swerving to avoid striking a deer.  Cain advised that his vehicle had been towed from the scene of the loss on that same evening.  During review of his claim, Progressive contacted Delta Towing and confirmed that the vehicle was actually picked up on the morning of 01 October 2019.  The tow company supported this statement by providing screenshots of text messages from Mr. Cain sharing his location for pick up at 2:11am CST on 01 October 2019, - roughly 9 hours prior to the policy inception.

 On 13 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Woodruff County (CR20-56), Cindy Rhodes (61 of Augusta) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Theft of Property (Class B Felony) and one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  Rhodes was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution to SFLIC in the amount of $36,453.98 at a rate of $304 per month  and was ordered to pay court costs.   As part of the plea agreement, Rhodes immediately resigned her duties as coroner.  During the time period of 01 March 2013 through 30 May 2019, Cindy Rhodes owned and operated Rhodes & Son Funeral Home, located in Augusta, Arkansas.  Until May of 2019, Rhodes & Sons was receiving premium payments on pre-need funeral polices and annuities.  Upon an investigation into the matter, an AIDCID Investigator determined that policyholders had paid Rhodes & Son for policies that were underwritten by Selected Funeral and Life Insurance Company (SFLIC) located in Hot Springs.  As per the business arrangement, Rhodes & Sons forwards premiums collected from its customers to SFLIC and is paid a commission on the polices sold.  From the aforementioned policyholders, a total of $36,453.98 was collected by Rhodes & Sons, but not forwarded to SFLIC, with Rhodes & Sons wrongfully keeping the policy premiums for its own use.  Cindy Rhodes was terminated from SFLIC as an agent for compliance and premium remittance issues. 

On 07 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR 19-1742), London Hewitt entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  Hewitt was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 14 February 2019, London Hewitt went to the DF&A office in Little Rock to register her vehicle.  While there she presented an invalid Direct National Insurance document as proof of insurance that had been altered to appear valid.  She later gave a statement that she had altered the document.

On 01 September 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR19-3145), April Stephens (of England) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs.  On 03 December 2018, April Stephens was in possession of a counterfeit Insurance identification card, and used said card in an attempt to register a 2010 Honda at the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles, located on 7th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas.  When presented with the fictitious card, the clerk called the insurance company and found that the policy did not exist.   Stephens stated that she altered a card from her ex-husband into her name to get her vehicle registered.

On 11 August 2021, in the District Court of Conway County, (CR21-2973), Taylor Koch (of Morrilton) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Theft of Property (Class A Misdemeanor).  She was ordered to pay a fine of $410, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $225.  Taylor Koch had an insurance policy with Travelers Insurance on her 2020 Toyota.  On 05 May 2021, Taylor Koch filed a claim with Travelers Insurance for a tow invoice that she stated she incurred when her vehicle became undrivable on May 1st.  Koch submitted a tow bill from Koch’s Body Shop & Wrecker Service, which is owned by Taylor Koch’s father.  The invoice showed that Taylor Koch incurred the expense of $375 for the tow of her vehicle.    The invoice, however, had the same invoice number of a previous tow bill submitted by Koch, for which she was paid $225.  The invoice also looked to be altered.  The shop was called to verify the second invoice.  Taylor Koch then admitted that she had altered the invoice in an attempt to be paid on a second claim.  When her father was asked about the towing bills, he said that he had not sent an invoice for either and offered to reimburse the insurance company for the $225 that it paid on the first tow bill submitted by Taylor Koch. On 07 June2021, an AIDCID investigator received a phone call from Taylor Koch, during which time she explained that she had altered the invoice and submitted the same and that she was acting on her own and without help of the body shop.

On 30 August 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 20-1450), Kameela Lea entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received two years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   24 Sept 2019, DF&A reported that Kameela Lea had presented a fictitious Direct National Insurance card to the clerk that registers vehicles. The clerk called the number on the card to verify its authenticity. The call was answered by a female with a crying baby in the background who stated that she didn't know anything about the insurance.  Ms. Lea later gave a statement that she purchased the card from a female for $30.00 that she met on Facebook. 

On 24 August 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR20-177), Chantanzilyn Alexander (41 of Little Rock) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to two years Suspended Imposition of Sentence and ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs. The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. On 19 February 2018, Chantanzilyn Alexander obtained an insurance policy with State Farm Insurance.  Alexander supplied State Farm with appraisals for jewelry that she wanted to have covered under her policy.   One of the appraisals was from Sissy’s Log Cabin for a ring that the appraisal showed to be worth $18,200.  The appraisals were fictitious.  On 27 February 2018, Alexander called the Little Rock Police Department and reported that her apartment had been burglarized, during which time several items were stolen, including jewelry in the amount of $8,300.  Alexander filed a claim with State Farm Insurance Company, and on 12 March 2018, gave a recorded statement to a representative from State Farm claiming the jewelry stolen was the same jewelry as described in the appraisals that she provided the State Farm agent on or about 19 February 2018.  An AIDCID investigator spoke with a representative of Sissy’s Log Cabin, who confirmed that the store had no record of doing an appraisal for Alexander and that the appraisal provided by Alexander contained font that Sissy’s did not use. 

On 16 August 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County (CR 20-2214), Jalissa Bryant entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 23 October 2018, Jalissa Bryant presented a fraudulent Allstate Proof of Insurance document to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration in Little Rock in an attempt to register her vehicle.

On 09 August 2021, in the Circuit Court of Miller County, (CR20-160), Damien Denmark (25 of Texarkana) entered a plea of guilty 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 fine of $1,000, plus court costs.  On 20 July 2019, Damien Denmark filed a claim under his renter’s policy with Farmers Insurance, claiming that he had a flood in his apartment.  Denmark claimed that the flood entered several rooms and that he had several items that were damaged.  The apartment manager stated that they responded to the problem immediately and that the water did not get far from the bathroom, where it started.  Denmark was asked to provide a list of items that were damaged and proof of purchasing the same.  Denmark provided a contents list and stated that he could not provide proof of purchase for some of the items.  Denmark was interviewed by an AIDCID investigator, during which time Denmark admitted to adding an amplifier to his contents list, even though he never owned it.

On 09 August 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR 20-3040), Olga Vega-Rodriquez entered a plea of guilty to one count of Criminal Attempt Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class A Misdemeanor).  She received one year suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $2000 fine, plus court costs.   On 27 February 2020, Olga Vega-Rodriquez and her husband received a policy declaration for liability coverage only, from Imperial Fire and Casualty, through their agent, M & G Insurance Agency.  According to the Little Rock Police report, on 28 March 2020 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Mrs. Vega was involved in a motor vehicle collision in Little Rock, on Geyer Springs Road.   After the accident, Mrs. Vega added comprehensive and collision coverage.   Later that evening, Mrs. Vega filed a claim with Imperial Fire and Casualty Insurance Company regarding the damage sustained to her 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty.  During two separate interviews with the insurance company’s representatives, Olga Vega-Rodriquez said that the accident happened between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. which contradicted the crash report.

On 07 July 2021, in the Circuit Court of Howard County (CR 20-47), Laif Poulton entered a plea of guilty to one count of Forgery 2nd (Class C Felony) and one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He received three years suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs.   On 15 May 2019, Cynthia Poulton filed a theft report with the Yell County Sheriff’s Office. She reported the theft of a trailer with a mounted welding unit and a Cub Cadet lawn mower. The theft occurred from her jointly owned residence located in Ola, AR. The property was in both hers and her husband’s, Laif Poulton, names. They were estranged at the time and going through a divorce.  The homeowner’s policy was also in both of their names. Laif Poulton was living in Howard County at the time.   On 19 June 2019, Cynthia Poulton reported the loss to State Farm. On 25 June 2019,  State Farm paid Cynthia and Laif Poulton $12,120.56 for the actual cash value of the items that were stolen. Cynthia split the money evenly with Laif and to her knowledge the claim was closed at that point.  On 20 August 2019,  State Farm notified Laif Poulton about the available reimbursement amounts if the replacements costs were higher than the already paid amount. Laif responded by asking where he needed to send the receipts.  On 21 August 2019, Laif Poulton emailed State Farm two receipts that he said were the proof of the replacement costs for the lawn mower and the welder. One from “Bid-on-Equipment” in the amount of $6,589.99 for replacement of the lawn mower, and the second was from Grainger in Fort Smith in the amount of $10,213.06 for the replacement of the welder.  On 22 August 2019, State Farm contacted Cynthia Poulton because Laif was trying to have the additional funds deposited into a bank account that did not have her name on it, and they couldn’t do that since the policy was in both of their names. Cynthia asked about what the additional funds were for. After learning about the receipts, she advised State Farm that the receipts were most likely fake and to not pay the additional money until she was able to look at the receipts. State Farm emailed the receipts to her and referred the case for investigation.  An AIDCID Investigator confirmed with “Bid-on-Equipment” that they have never sold/or held for sale the Bad Boy Mower listed on the receipt. He confirmed the format of the invoice was wrong and the invoice number (19880) would have occurred prior to 2015. Laif Poulton had registered to be a customer but had never bought anything from “Bid-on-Equipment”.  The AIDCID Investigator also made contact with the Branch Manager of Grainger in Fort Smith. The manager was unable to validate the receipt for the welder and stated the receipt “doesn’t look like” their typical receipts. The manager sent an email to the AIDCID investigator containing a typical receipt from Grainger. The receipt received from the manager and the receipt submitted by Laif Poulton were completely different.  It appeared that Laif Poulton submitted two fraudulent receipts to State Farm in an attempt to receive additional funds in the amount of $4,870.82. This amount is the difference between what State Farm had already paid for the loss and the amount Laif Poulton submitted as the actual replacement costs for the items.

On 26 July 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pike County, (CR21-23), Lorena Motley entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  She was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, plus court costs of $490.  On 02 October 2020, Lorena Motely obtained an automobile insurance policy with Trexis Insurance. On 12 October 2020, Lorena Motley reported to her insurance carrier that she had been involved in an accident.  Motley stated that the accident had occurred on 11 October 2020, and that she had hit a pole in the parking lot of Wal-Mart and damaged the right side of her car.  Motley advised that she did not report the accident to police.  When the insurance company contacted the body shop where the car was located, an employee of the shop advised that they originally wrote an estimate on the car on 28 September 2020.  An AIDCID Investigator spoke with the employee of the body shop, who stated that the car was brought in on 23 September 2020 and the estimate was written on September 28th.  On 19 November 2020, the AIDCID investigator spoke with Motley over the phone, at which time Motley advised that the accident occurred on October 4th, after she had taken out the policy and that she had reported it to her insurance on October 5th.  When asked how the shop estimate was done on September 28th, Motley stated she did not know how that could have happened.  The AIDCID Investigator conducted an in-person interview with Motley on 20 November 2020, during which time Motley confessed to the damage being done to her car before she bought the insurance policy.

On 23 July 2021, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, (CR 21-669), Brandon Cassulis entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act, (Class D Felony). He received five years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus court costs.  This sentence will run concurrent to a drug case scheduled to be pled out in August 2021.  On 08 June 2020, a vehicle owned by Tamatha Cassulis was reported to her Shelter Insurance agent as having been involved in an accident on 30 May 2020.  It was alleged that her vehicle, driven by her ex-husband, Brandon Cassulis, rear ended the claimant vehicle.  The named insured policyholder was Tamatha Cassulis.  The adjuster made contact with Tamatha Cassulis who advised the vehicle associated with this policy is her vehicle, however, it had been involved in a previous accident and had been broken down and not running for 5-6 months.  She went on to state that Brandon Cassulis is her ex-husband and he had purchased a vehicle similar to hers and had taken the insurance certificate from her vehicle and was using it for his vehicle.  He was not listed on her policy at the time.   She stated that she did not think he had insurance on his vehicle.  Inspection of the vehicle that was involved in the loss verified that it was not the same vehicle listed on the policy.   This vehicle also had the policy vehicle's license plate on it.  Brandon Cassulis ultimately admitted the vehicle that he was driving in the accident was not the vehicle listed on the policy.  He said that he had just recently bought the truck and did not have insurance on it yet.

On 23 July 2021, in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, (CR21-484), Dontavius Harris entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to two years supervised probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs.  On 30 August 2020, Dontavius Harris was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  At the time of the accident, Harris had insurance on his vehicle, with Root Insurance Company.  As a result of the accident, Harris’ vehicle sustained damage to the right front.  Later in the day (30 August), Harris filed a claim for his automobile damage with Root Insurance.  As part of the claim, Harris supplied photographs depicting his vehicle.  Harris found and downloaded photographs of a vehicle similar to his on the internet, but the photographs showed more damage than his actual vehicle had incurred.  Also, the downloaded photographs of the vehicle contained a photograph of the odometer, which purported to show that Harris’ vehicle had far less miles on it than it actually did.  When the insurance company inspected the car, they found that Harris’ vehicle did not match the photographs that Harris had sent in as part of his claim.  On 25 September 2020, Root Insurance conducted an interview with Harris, at which time Harris admitted to providing incorrect photographs in the hopes that he would receive more claims funds.  On 04 December 2020, an AIDCID Investigator conducted an in-person interview with Harris, at which time Harris again admitted that he provided the incorrect photographs on purpose to obtain additional funds.

On 14 July 2021, in the 3rd Division of the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR20-1449), Jaszmyne McKenzie (28 of Crossett) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A Misdemeanor).  She received one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs. On 27 November 2018, Jaszmyne McKenzie presented a fictitious insurance document to Crain Chevrolet when she was purchasing a 2017 Hyundai.  The dealership accepted the card and on 29 November 2018, Crain Chevrolet contacted the agent listed on the insurance card provided by McKenzie and was told by the listed agent that the card was fictitious.  On 28 October 2019, an AIDCID investigator conducted a recorded interview with McKenzie, during which time McKenzie stated that she needed insurance because she was buying a new car.  McKenzie’s friend, Tonya Burnett, was with her and told McKenzie that her mother was an agent and could provide insurance.  McKenzie stated that she got the card from Burnett and provided Burnett’s workplace.  Burnett was unable to be found.   

On 12 July 2021, in the Circuit Court of Saline County, (CR 21-379), Jason Tiner 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. Tiner was also ordered to perform 20 hours of community service.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 18 August 2020, Jason Tiner filed a claim with Progressive Insurance, in reference to his boat being stolen. On 21 August 2020, Mr. Tiner produced a receipt for aftermarket accessories that were allegedly on his boat at the time of the theft and presented them to Progressive Insurance. The receipt provided by Tiner listed boat parts valued at $10,511.96 from Arkansas Marine Inc. On two separate occasions during phone conversations, between Tiner and Progressive Insurance employees, Tiner continually advised that the receipt provided was for the purchase of aftermarket parts from Arkansas Marine Inc.  On 16 September 2020, an investigator with Progressive Insurance spoke with the owner of Arkansas Marine, who verified that the receipt was not from a purchase, but instead an estimate of what the parts would have cost. On 22 September 2020, another Progressive Insurance representative spoke with Mr. Tiner in reference to the receipt being fake. Mr. Tiner confirmed that the “receipt” from Arkansas Marine was forged and advised that he had purchased the after-market items elsewhere and did not want to lose the money that he had invested in the parts. Subsequently, an AIDCID investigator contacted Mr. Tiner who admitted misrepresenting the receipt for after-market parts.

On 06 July 2021, in the 3rd Division of the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, (CR21-637), Pamela Barnes (of Little Rock) entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony) and one count of Theft of Property (Class B Felony).  She was sentenced to seven years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500 plus court costs.  She was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service, to be completed within the first year, and ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $30,033, with $5,000 paid to the court on the day of the plea.  The remaining amount to be paid over the probationary term in the amount of $306 per month. The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346. In February of 2012, a Progressive Insured vehicle struck a school bus containing 42 students in Little Rock.  At the time this accident occurred, Pamela Barnes was working as a casualty claims supervisor in Arkansas for Progressive Insurance.  In July of 2013, Barnes indicated that she was contacted by William Jacobs, a passenger on the bus that had not been listed on the original police report but wanted to file an injury claim.  Barnes issued payment to Jacobs on the claim in the amount of $4,985.00, in July 2013. In July of 2014, Barnes documented receiving additional medical documentation for William Jacobs and issued an additional payment to Jacobs on the claim in the amount of $1,850.00.  Throughout 2019, Barnes added three other fictitious claimants and issued six payments for those claimants, totaling $30,033.00 for the entire scheme. Barnes used the names of people she knew in a sorority and issued the checks in their names.  Barnes would then deposit the checks to the sorority and later withdraw the money to use for her own benefit. On 31 March 2020, Barnes was interviewed by Progressive Insurance.  At that time, Barnes admitted that she issued the fraudulent checks and stated that she had done this on her own because of her own financial difficulties.

On 29 June 2021, in the District Court of Columbia County, (CR21-17), Cora Chambers (of Waldo) was found guilty of Attempted Theft by Deception (Class B Misdemeanor).  She was sentenced to one year of deferred adjudication and ordered to pay a fine of $200.  On 22 July 2016, Cora Chambers obtained an insurance policy from American Underwriters on her 2008 Mazda.  At the time the policy was taken out, the insurance agent took photographs of pre-existing damage to the front left of the car and notated the same in the file.  On 18 May, 2018, Chambers filed a police report for a hit and run accident.  Chambers alleged that her vehicle was hit on the front left and caused damage.  The police officer at the scene took photographs of the damage claimed by Chambers.  Chambers then filed an insurance claim for the damage, telling the insurance company that all of the damage was because of the hit and run accident, when the photographs showed the exact same damage as present when she took out her policy.  The damage estimate on Chambers’ car was $893.60.  The claim was denied. 

On 14 June 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, CR 20-3117, Tameka Saxton entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  She received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $750 fine plus court costs. She was also ordered to complete 30 hours of community service.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 14 June 2019, Tameka Saxton reported to Progressive Insurance that the previous day while driving down the road her vehicle was struck from behind by an aggressive driver who fled the scene. Saxton filed the claim on-line.  Saxton gave two separate statements to Progressive regarding being rear-ended by the aggressive driver.  Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. services were obtained by Progressive and a Senior Consultant conducted a download of the Airbag Control Module (ACM) of Saxton’s vehicle. The data showed the vehicle was in reverse traveling at 15 mph when the collision occurred. The data also showed the vehicle was at rest 5 seconds prior to impact, and then sped up (in reverse) to a speed of 17mph, before slowing to 15mph immediately prior to impact. During this time, the accelerator pedal was at 100%, and the brakes were not applied until 0.6 seconds prior to impact.  

On 15 June 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, CR 21-1008, Martina Applewhite (of Jacksonville) entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A misdemeanor).  She received one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs.  On 24 January 2021, Martina Applewhite was involved in a two-car motor vehicle accident involving her 2015 Mercedes.  The accident happened at 2:17 p.m. and was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.  Applewhite received a citation for following too close.  After the accident had occurred, Applewhite obtained a quote for automobile insurance with GEICO at 2:24 p.m.  Applewhite purchased the policy and coverage was bound at 2:31p.m.  Applewhite then filed a claim for her damages on 25 January 2021.  On 27 January 2021, during the claims process, Applewhite gave a recorded statement to a representative from GEICO, in which she stated that the accident occurred after she had bought the policy for her car. On 08 February 2021, an AIDCID investigator took a recorded statement from Applewhite, during which time she confessed to having bought the policy after the accident and telling GEICO otherwise in an attempt to get coverage for the loss.  She further stated that she had cancelled the claim with GEICO. 

On 14 June 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, CR 19-3091, Bobby Hinton (of North Little Rock) entered a plea of Guilty to Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He received one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine of $300 plus court costs.  He was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.  The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 531.  On 25 April 2019, Fredrisha Hinton presented a fictitious insurance document to Turner Auto, a used car dealership, located in Little Rock.  This document was presented by Fredrisha Hinton as proof of insurance for a car that she was purchasing from the dealership.   When the dealership pointed out that the document did not contain the information of the lienholder, Hinton left the dealer and later returned with another fictitious insurance document with the dealer listed as the “lean holder.”  Investigators from the Arkansas Insurance Department interviewed Fredrisha Hinton, who stated that she did not know the cards were fictitious and that she gave money to and got the cards from Bobby Hinton, who said that he had a contact who could provide insurance for her.  Investigators then interviewed Bobby Hinton, who stated that he did provide Fredrisha Hinton with the insurance cards, but that he got the cards from a lady named Sheila Adams.  When asked about Sheila Adams’ location, Hinton could not provide any location, but provided a phone number that ended up not belonging to Sheila Adams.  Investigators could not find any Sheila Adams in the local area.  An Insurance Department Criminal Investigator made numerous attempts to obtain information on Sheila Adams from Bobby Hinton, however, Hinton was not able to provide the same.

On June 7, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, CR 20-3023, Erica Hawkins (of North Little Rock) entered a plea of Guilty to Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A misdemeanor).  She received one year Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS) and was ordered to pay a fine of $250 plus court costs.  On June 26, 2019, Erica Hawkins used a fictitious proof of insurance in an attempt to register her vehicle at the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Hawkins identified Lena Smith as the individual she purchased the card from.

On June 2, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Cleburne County, CR 21-15, Ryan Boling (of Cleburne County) entered a plea of Guilty to Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D felony) and Theft of Property (Class B felony).  He received three years of supervised probation. He tendered a cashier’s check for the full amount of restitution pursuant to his agreement with the victim, Hagerty Insurance ($15,000). Boling was also ordered to pay court costs.   On November 8, 2015, Ryan Boling had his 1969 kit car insured through Hagerty Insurance for the amount of $28,000.  On November 8, 2015, Ryan Boling’s car caught on fire while he was driving it.  The Greer’s Ferry Fire Department responded, however, the fire department was several miles away and by the time it arrived, the car could not be saved.  The report from the Greer’s Ferry Fire Department only stated that it had responded to the fire reported and was inconclusive.  Later that day, Boling filed a claim with Hagerty Insurance for the fire damage.  Boling told the insurance company that he was driving his car when it all of a sudden caught on fire.  His vehicle was declared a total loss by Hagerty Insurance due to the extensive damage.  Based on the information provided by Boling, Hagerty Insurance paid Boling on the claim in the amount of $27,500 ($28,000 value of the car less a $500 deductible) on November 19, 2015.  On January 24, 2020, Hagerty Insurance received a telephone call from someone identifying himself as Ryan Boling.  This individual stated that he had set the fire intentionally in order to get the insurance money.  Also on January 24, Ryan Boling sent an email to a Hagerty employee in which Boling confessed to setting the fire to his car intentionally as he needed money.  In this confession, Boling stated how he started the fire by letting gas leak into the engine compartment and lighting it with a switch on the dash.  Boling explained that he knew the local fire department would take a long time to get to the scene.  An AIDCID investigator was assigned this file and called a number at which he was told he could reach Boling.  The investigator spoke with an individual who identified himself as Boling and Boling confirmed that he had sent the email to Hagerty Insurance regarding the confession. Boling agreed to meet with the investigator to discuss further.  On March 13, 2020, the CID investigator met with Boling at the Conway Police Department and identified Boling by his Arkansas driver’s license.  Boling signed a Miranda waiver and gave a recorded statement to the investigator.  During the statement, Boling admitted to the insurance fraud scheme and again confirmed that he had sent the confession emails to Hagerty Insurance.  Boling provided a copy of his bank statement showing the deposit of $27,500 made on November 24, 2015, from the insurance proceeds.  Boling then offered to reimburse Hagerty Insurance.

On 27 May 2021, in the Circuit Court of Union County, CR 21-103, Bryant Curley (of Calion) entered a plea of Guilty to Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class A misd).  He received one year of Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS), and was ordered to pay court costs.   On 21 October 2020, Bryant Curley purchased a new automobile policy with Geico Insurance for his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro.   On 27 October 2020, Curley reported to Geico that a tree had fallen on his car.  Curley reported to Geico that the incident happened on the 27th.  The vehicle in question was still registered to Tenisha Curley, Bryant’s sister-in-law.  Tenisha Curley’s husband received a text message from Bryant Curley stating that a tree had fallen on the car and reported the text to Geico.  The text message was dated 11 October 2020, over a week prior to Bryant Curley purchasing the insurance policy from Geico.  When an AIDCID Investigator spoke with Curley, Curley confirmed that he had filed the claim with Geico and also confirmed that the incident occurred on October 11th and not on October 27th , as he had reported to Geico.  Curley informed the investigator  that he had already withdrawn his claim.  A Geico representative confirmed that Curley also admitted to them that the accident occurred before the policy inception date and that Curley withdrew his claim.

On 21 May 2021, in the Circuit Court of Boone County, CR 20-103, Aimee Blackwell (of Harrison) entered a plea of Guilty to Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D felony).  She was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 27 January 2020, Aimee Blackwell added a 2008 GMC to her automobile policy with Progressive Insurance. Chris Rogers is an insured under this policy.  On 29 January 2020, Chris Rogers filed a claim, stating that the GMC had been damaged.  On 31 January 2020, Rogers gave a statement to the insurance company, during which time he stated that the accident occurred on either the 27th or the 28th of January, 2020.   On 5 February 2020, Blackwell gave a statement to the insurance company, during which time she stated that she had seen the vehicle on the 27th of January, and it had no damage at that time.  Blackwell further stated that she added the vehicle to her policy before the damage to the vehicle occurred.   Video was obtained from Rogers’ place of employment, which shows the vehicle in question leaving the parking lot on January 25th, with heavy front end damage.  This damage was present before the vehicle was put onto the policy by Blackwell.  On 2 March 2020, an AIDCID investigator interviewed Blackwell, at which time she admitted to knowing the vehicle had been damaged before she added it to the policy and stated that she was trying to help Rogers.  Also on 2 March 2020, the AIDCID investigator interviewed Rogers, at which time he admitted that he had damaged the vehicle before the policy was taken out.   Both Blackwell and Rogers lied to the insurance company regarding the date of loss hoping to obtain claims funds to which they were not entitled.

On 18 May 2021, in the Circuit Court of Union County, CR 20-406, Calvin Henry entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He received three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On the morning of 2 May 2020, Calvin Henry was involved in an auto accident in El Dorado Arkansas.  At the time of the accident his insurance policy had lapsed and there was no viable insurance on his vehicle.  Shortly after the accident he obtained an auto policy through Progressive Insurance.  In the afternoon of 2 May 2020, Calvin Henry had a claim filed on the accident alleging that the accident happened after coverage was bound on his vehicle.

On 11 May 2021, in the Circuit Court of Miller County, CR 20-113, Terry Tussey entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempted Fraudulent Insurance Act(s) (Class A Misdemeanor).   He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and was assessed court costs.   On the 17 April 2019, Patricia Porter, filed a collision claim with Trexis Insurance. Porter advised on 8 April 2019 she was on Hwy #57 when a tree branch fell from a trailer she was following and the branch struck her vehicle which caused damage to the radiator and lower front air deflector.  This damage was noted by an Appraiser. No additional damage was noted. The original estimate for the damages was for $918.80 with a $500.00 deductible.  Texarkana Tire & Wheels allegedly did the repair work and was sent a check for $418.00 to cover the repair cost.  Terry Tussey Jr., is the owner of Texarkana Tire and Wheels.  On 8 May 2019 Tussey sent an invoice to the insurance company for a total of $2,609.62 for the repairs which included alleged AC work and towing that was not on the original estimate. Tussey stated Twin City Towing towed the insured vehicle from the policy address to his shop.  An AIDCID investigator conducted an interview with Terry Tussey Jr.  When asked who performed the repairs on Porter’s vehicle, Tussey replied he did. Tussey stated he did receive a check from the insurance company for $418.00.  When asked about the AC freon, Tussey stated the work was “farmed” out to Auto Tech and he would later provide an invoice. Tussey stated he would locate the invoices pertaining to the repair work on Porter’s vehicle and forward them to the CID investigator. (These invoices were never forwarded)  The AIDCID investigator went to Auto Tech and spoke with the owner/operator. The Auto Tech owner could not locate any invoice or record of them doing any repair work on Porter’s vehicle. The investigator then contacted and spoke to the Manager of Twin City Towing, who could not locate any record of their business towing Porter’s vehicle.

On 10 May 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, CR 20-3198, Richard Boyd (of Little Rock) entered a plea of Guilty to Fraudulent Insurance Acts (Class D Felony).  He received one year Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS), and was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs.  On 12 November 2019, Richard Boyd used a fictitious proof of insurance in an attempt to register his vehicle at the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles in Little Rock, Arkansas.  When presented with the insurance card, the clerk noticed obvious defects, such as misspellings and an expiration date that was dated before the effective date.  The clerk called Esurance and verified that the card was fictitious. 

On 04 May 2021, in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, CR 21-348, Byron Davis entered a plea of guilty to one count of Fraudulent Insurance Act (Class D Felony).  He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs.   The sentence was issued pursuant to Act 346.  On 30 July 2020, Byron Davis took out a policy on his 2013 Dodge Challenger with Esurance.  Prior to that date, Byron Davis did not have a valid insurance policy for his Challenger.  On 01 August 2020, he filed a claim alleging a hit and run in Little Rock.  A check with Little Rock Police Department showed they responded to the accident,  but their records show that the accident occurred on 28 July 2020 when he was not insured.