Friday, 07 January 2022 10:22

Louisiana Fire Chief, Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Insurance Fraud

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The Jonesboro, LA, fire chief and a Jackson Parish sheriff's deputy were arrested following an investigation into an incident involving two Jonesboro Fire Department trucks.

The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the suspected fraudulent insurance claim to the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit-Monroe Field Office in August.


Brandon Brown, 37, of Jonesboro, the fire chief, and George Wyatt, 58, of Jonesboro, the sheriff's deputy, were arrested after they were found to have allegedly falsified a crash report.


According to the details in the crash report, Brown and Wyatt were the drivers of the automobiles involved. Following interviews with a number of persons, including Brown and Wyatt, it was discovered Brown’s juvenile son was driving one of the vehicles at the time of the accident. The amount of the bogus claim was more than $26,000.


Charges of insurance fraud, filing or maintaining false public records, and misconduct in office have all been filed against Brown and Wyatt. They were both booked into the Jackson Parish Jail.


This investigation remains active and ongoing. For more information and/or to contact the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit, visit www.lsp.org/ifu.html.


Source: Calcasieu.info