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SLED Busts Open Insurance Fraud Ring In Pee Dee

Multiple defendants, numerous charges …

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Ten residents of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina were arrested this week on fifty-nine charges related to an insurance fraud ring.  The alleged scammers are accused of making off with $300,000 in fraudulent medical payments connected to traffic crashes over the past four years.

The case was investigated by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) at the request of the office of attorney general Alan Wilson.

The investigation is “continuing,” according to a release from SLED – with the attorney general’s office expected to handle the prosecution of the defendants.

Courtesy of SLED, here is a list of the individuals charged in connection with this case (and the charges they are facing) …

Renara Jessica Burgess, 30, of Florence, was charged with two counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, five counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, two counts of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense, $1,000 or more, three counts of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, one count of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense, $50,000 or more, two counts of Forgery, value less than $10,000, and four counts of Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Shronda Louise Bonaparte, 43, of Darlington, was charged with three counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, two counts of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1 st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and two counts of Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Nakia Moet Thomas, 24, of Florence, was charged with two counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, one count of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $1,000 or more, and one count of Forgery, value less than $10,000.

Latisha Elizabeth Thomas, 28, of Florence, was charged with two counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment, $10,000 or more, one count of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and one count of Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Tiffany Bishop, 31, of Florence, was charged with two counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, one count of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and one count of Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Emeka Kenara Burgess, 27, of Florence, was charged with three counts of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, one count of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense, $1,000 or more, two counts of Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and three counts of Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Delores Washington, 53, of Florence, was charged with one count each of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Eric Madison, 20, of Florence, was charged with one count each of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and Forgery, value less than $10,000.

Temieka Terry, 36, of Hartsville, was charged with one count each of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

Tanzania Verranica Cain, 30, of Florence, was charged with one count each of Presenting False Claims for Insurance Payment $10,000 or more, Insurance / False Statement, Misrepresentation – 1 st Offense $10,000 or more but less than $50,000, and Forgery, value $10,000 or more.

As with any individual accused of any crime, all of the individuals referenced above should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law (or until such time as they may choose to make a pleading in connection with the case).

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