ATLANTA — A complicated insurance scam involving close to $120 million in false insurance claims led to the arrest of two men in the state of Georgia.
According to the authorities, the men crafted fake insurance certificates, falsely claiming insurance for a large number of agricultural staff working at two fake companies.
A detailed investigation unearthed the fake companies, Bison Workforce Solutions and Bison Data systems in Gwinnett County, exposing hundreds of falsified insurance claims across the country. Wesley Owens acted as the CEO of the two companies, while his alleged partner, Beau Eric Wilson, counterfeited the insurance certificates.
The scam came to a head when injury claims began to be filed in California for the agricultural workers, but couldn’t be paid out as the workers were never insured in the first place.
The crime of insurance fraud carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or $10,000 in fines. The investigation is ongoing, with a number of police departments and insurance companies collaborating to uncover the remaining persons involved.