Ga. serves search warrants in Bibb in insurance fraud probe

Agents from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office served search warrants at two Bibb County homes Thursday afternoon on suspicion that two women sought to collect nearly $400,000 through insurance fraud.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said his office launched an investigation after receiving complaints from Golden Rule and Aetna insurance companies.

Sharon Marberry, of Meadows Drive, and her daughter-in-law Jessica Marberry, of Dixon Road, are suspected of falsifying pharmacy bills to receive reimbursements from the insurance companies, he said.

The women also are suspected of using fictitious names to obtain the insurance policies, Oxendine said.

No charges have been filed and no one has been arrested, said Glenn Allen, spokesman for the commissioner’s office.

Oxendine said the scheme for the fraud is unusual, and he couldn’t recall a similar case.

“It’s a unique approach,” he said.

Although agents interviewed the women’s spouses, Phillip Marberry and Corey Marberry, the focus of the investigation is on the women, Allen said.

Phillip Marberry is a retired Macon police officer. His son, Corey Marberry, is a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy, Allen said.

Paul Christian, the Marberry family’s attorney, said his clients were “bewildered and concerned” Thursday.

“We look forward to discovering what the state believes happened,” Christian said.

Allen said the search warrant was conducted by the insurance commissioner’s office agents with limited involvement from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to avoid a conflict of interest. A deputy was present at the scene.

Agents think the women submitted claims for nearly $400,000. They only received $130,000, Oxendine said.

The alleged fraud occurred during a time period of less than a year, he said.

Oxendine said it’s possible more money and additional insurance companies could be involved in the case.

Allen said the women used receipts from a CVS pharmacy to file the reimbursement requests. Investigators have not said how the women are alleged to have obtained the receipts.

Sharon Marberry worked as an Aetna customer service representative from 1980 to 2000, he said.

The purpose of the search warrants was to look for evidence of fraud through bank records, computer files, prescription documents and other records, Allen said.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.