An insurance adjuster and an auto repair shop owner were indicted Tuesday on 23 counts of insurance fraud.
The indictment, filed in Bibb County Superior Court, names William Emerson Scruggs, 46, owner of Diamond Auto Painting on Broadway, and Patrick Renaldo Dixon Jr., 42.
An investigation revealed Scruggs and Dixon, a former Nationwide Insurance Co. claims adjuster, schemed to generate about $12,000 in fake repair claims for policyholders in 2010 and 2011, according to the state insurance commissioner’s office.
Checks were issued to Diamond Auto Painting based on the false claims. Scruggs and Dixon allegedly split the money.
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Scruggs was arrested Sept. 2, 2014, and was released two days later, according to jail records. His bond information was not immediately available Tuesday.
Dixon was arrested July 16, 2014, and released on $33,200 bond 12 days later, according to jail records.
A separate federal case also is pending against Scruggs, who additionally is accused of depositing forged U.S. Treasury Checks and splitting withdrawn funds with an alleged co-conspirator.
He was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia last year.
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