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Columbus, Georgia’s Jamie Matthews accused of insurance fraud

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Jamie Matthews, 28, of Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States has been arrested. She was charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Matthews allegedly bought a damaged vehicle, which she added to her Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) insurance policy. Founded by Leo Goodwin Sr. and Lillian Goodwin in 1936 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, GEICO is an auto insurance company headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA.

According to Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King, Matthews filed a claim in the amount of $2,500 for the damage that had happened before the car was insured. On January 11, 2022, she was arrested in connection with a case in Bibb County, Georgia.

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Insurance fraud

Insurance fraud costs the average family in the U.S. between $400 and $700 per year in the form of increased premiums, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. By providing more opportunities and bigger incentives for committing illegal activities, the massive size of the insurance industry contributes significantly to the cost of insurance fraud.

The common schemes of insurance fraud are premium diversion, fee churning, asset diversion and worker’s compensation fraud. Individuals are encouraged to report insurance frauds to the FBI.

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Columbus, Georgia

Founded in 1828, Columbus is a consolidated city-county named for Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. It is the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it officially merged in 1971.

Columbus lies on the Chattahoochee River directly across from Phenix City, Alabama, USA. B. H. “Skip” Henderson III is the incumbent and 70th mayor of Columbus.

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