Pass Christian Resident Charged with Insurance Fraud

March 19, 2014

A Pass Christian woman is being charged with insurance fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Paulina Wilkerson, 40, of Pass Christian, turned herself in today to authorities at the Harrison County Detention Center following her indictment by a Harrison County Grand Jury on Insurance and Wire Fraud. The indictment alleges that Wilkerson executed a scheme to defraud Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company of insurance proceeds to which she was not entitled. The wire fraud charges accuse Wilkerson of transmitting fraudulent documents across jurisdictional lines in order to receive payment for injuries allegedly received in a work related accident.

If convicted of the charges, Wilkerson faces up to three years for insurance fraud and up to five years for wire fraud. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Tonya Mangus and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.

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