Laurel resident arrested for insurance fraud

Laurel resident arrested for insurance fraud

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's office.

Arnisha T. Dean, 34, of Laurel, has been arrested for insurance fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood Friday.

Dean was recently arrested by the Jones County Sheriff's Office following her indictment by a Jones County Grand Jury for one count of insurance fraud.

As a result of an investigation conducted by the Mississippi Attorney General's Insurance Integrity Unit, Dean is accused of making a false and fraudulent statement to her insurance company, United Automobile Insurance Company (UAIC), by buying insurance online on a vehicle and minutes later filing a claim for damage to a vehicle that had been wrecked a few hours earlier that same day.

Dean was booked into the Jones County Jail with her arraignment date set for March 15. If convicted, she faces up to three years behind bars and a maximum of $5,000 in fines. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being investigated by Michael Stevens and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Bob Anderson of the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Unit.