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SLED: 10 Pee Dee residents charged for insurance fraud after car crashes

SLED: 10 Pee Dee residents charged for insurance fraud after car crashes

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officials say 10 Pee Dee residents have been charged in connection with fraudulent insurance claims following a number of car crashes.

According to a news release from SLED, 10 people have been arrested on 59 charges.

Authorities say all of the individuals filed fraudulent insurance claims after traffic crashes dating back to 2013.

The individuals collected close to $300,000 in fraudulent medical payments, the release said.

Warrants show that the suspects engaged in a number of fraudulent activities, including forging medical bills and medical records, as well as inflating automotive and medical bills.

Officials say the following individuals were charged in connection with the "insurance fraud ring":

  • Renara Jessica Burgess, 30, of Florence, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $1,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $50,000 or more; forgery, value less than $10,000; and, forgery, value $10,000 or more.
  • Shronda Luoise Bonaparte, 43, of Darlington, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; and, forgery, value $10,000 or more.
  • Nakia Moet Thomas, 24, of Florence, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $1,000 or more; and, forgery, value less than $10,000.
  • Latisha Elizabeth Thomas, 28, of Florence, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; and, forgery, value $10,000 or more.
  • Tiffany Bishop, 31, of FLorence, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; and, forgery, value $10,000 or more.
  • Emeka Kenara Burgess, 27, of Florence, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $1,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; and, forgery, value $10,000 or more.
  • Delores Washington, 53, of Florence, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first 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 presenting false claims for insurance more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; and, forgery, value less than $10,000.
  • Tamieka Terry, 36, of Hartsville, was charged with presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first 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 presenting false claims for insurance payment $10,000 or more; insurance/false statement, misrepresentation, first offense, $10,000 or more but less than $50,000; and, forgery, value $10,000 or more.

The fraudulent insurance claims were investigated by SLED at the request of the Attorney General's office.

Those charged have been booked into Florence County Detention Center.

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