The owner of a Macon auto repair shop charged in an insurance fraud case was indicted Wednesday on federal forgery charges.
William Emerson Scruggs, 53, owner of Diamond Auto Painting on Broadway, is charged with conspiracy and six counts of delivering a forged treasury check, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Attempts to reach Scruggs Friday were not successful.
The indictment alleges that Scruggs and a co-conspirator obtained fraudulently issued U.S. Treasury checks that were made out to actual individuals.
Between July 23, 2012, and Jan. 17, 2013, Scruggs deposited forged treasury checks into his business’s bank account and later withdrew funds, sharing them with his co-conspirator, according to the indictment. The checks reportedly totaled $8,108.
Arrest warrants were issued last month for Scruggs and an insurance claims adjuster, 41-year-old Patrick Renaldo Dixon, in a case that alleges that the duo benefited from fake repair claims, generating about $12,000 in 2010 and 2011.
Both men are charged with 23 counts of insurance fraud and 23 counts of forgery.
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