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Toombs Women Charged with Insurance Fraud
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

July 23-- Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced today that warrants have been issued for two Toombs County insurance agents on multiple counts of insurance fraud.

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Linda Louise Smith, 60, (left) owner of LLS Insurance Agency, 106 Broad Street, Lyons, Ga., and her sub-agent Pamela Marie Blount, 40, of Vidalia, are charged with 56-counts each for felony insurance fraud.

“This office will not tolerate any insurance agent stealing from his or her customer, neither will this office tolerate an agent misleading a customer,” Hudgens said. “Such actions constitute a violation of a trust between an agent and policyholder, a violation we take very seriously.” 

Both Blount and Smith allegedly kept premiums paid to them by their clients for home, auto and commercial vehicle insurance policies, instead of forwarding the money to the insurance company.

Anyone who has obtained a policy from these individual should call their insurance company and confirm coverage is actually in force. If a consumer finds that he or she is not covered, they should call Hudgens’ Consumer Services Division at 1-800-656-2298. Calls are taken from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Insurance fraud is a felony with a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. 

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