Woman Arrested for Insurance, Wire Fraud
Today, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of 24-year-old Shaquanna Bush on insurance and wire fraud charges.
Bush, of Lexington, was arrested at her home Thursday by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged with filing a false insurance claim for damages to a vehicle and for communicating the false information by telephone and other forms of communication across county and jurisdictional lines for the purpose of executing a devised scheme and artifice to defraud. The investigation revealed that the damage to the vehicle was preexisting and had been the subject of a prior insurance claim. Bush did not profit from the fraudulent claim due to the insurance company verifying the damage as preexisting and denying the fraudulent claim.
Bush is charged with one count of insurance fraud and two counts of wire fraud, all of which are felony charges. She faces up to 13 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by Kenneth West and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Steven Waldrup, both with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau.