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Arrests made in slip-and-fall accident insurance fraud ring in South Georgia

Three men have been arrested for staging slip-and-fall accidents at businesses and filing false insurance claims in Thomasville, Georgia.

Georgia State Insurance Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, announced Wednesday the arrest warrants were issued to three men for staging the accident ring operating in South Georgia.

Germain Baynard, 20, Ryan Law, 21, and Demetrius Lee, 22, each of Thomasville, Ga., face felony charges related to the crime.

Authorities are currently seeking a fourth suspect, Keronda Bell, 46, also of Thomasville. Agents from Hudgens’ office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau alleged the men staged slip‐and‐fall accidents at various businesses in Brooks, Colquitt and Thomas counties. The investigation revealed that Bell was the ringleader, planning the slip‐and‐falls, and filing the false claims.

“My office will investigate all forms of insurance fraud,” said Commissioner Hudgens. “Individuals who feel that they are above the law and file a false insurance claim will be arrested and prosecuted.”
Baynard, Law, and Lee, were booked into the Thomas County Jail and later released on bond.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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