A Sumter County man pleaded guilty to defrauding Geico insurance company out of more than $10,000 by staging a car crash and letting someone else pretend to be him during the claim.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the May 16 …
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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the May 16 plea of Shyquan Marquez Soloman, 20, on the charge of presenting a false claim for payment more than $10,000.
"Staged car accidents and insurance fraud are serious problems in South Carolina, and we'll continue to go after anyone who commits those crimes," Wilson said. "The staged accidents can put innocent people in danger, and fraud raises insurance rates for everyone."
Law enforcement responded to a car accident at the corner of Bagnal Drive and Oswego Highway in Sumter County, according to Wilson's office. At the scene, an acquaintance and co-defendant of Soloman gave police all the personal information of Soloman. However, Soloman was never in the car involved in the accident.
The acquaintance went to the hospital and pretended to be Soloman and proceeded to submit a falsified medical bill for him. Geico paid out a check for $10,166.45 for the injuries purportedly suffered by Soloman.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called to assist the investigation of these fictitious medical bill cases. The agency interviewed Soloman, who ended up admitting to giving his co-defendant his personal information so it could be used in the accident, which was admittedly staged. Soloman also admitted to cashing the check the insurance company sent.
Under the Youthful Offender Act, Judge D. Craig Brown sentenced Soloman to not more than six years. The sentence was suspended to five years of probation, with a special condition to pay $10,166.45 in restitution. Probation may terminate upon payment in full of all fines, fees, costs and assessments, according to a news release from Wilson.
Assistant Attorney General LaRone Washington prosecuted the case. Jack Barnes of the Sumter County Public Defender's Office represented Soloman.
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