Monday, 20 June 2016 18:48

Three Meridian, MS Residents Indicted for Scheming to Defraud GEICO Insurance

Three Meridian men have been arrested following their indictments for insurance fraud in Lauderdale County, Attorney General Jim Hood announced on June 17.

Toreno L Griffin 35

Toreno Griffin, 35

Vanoy Adams 22

Vanoy Adams, 22 

Kyle Johnson 29

Kyle Johnson, 29 

 

Meridian residents Toreno L. Griffin, 35, and Kyle Johnson, 29, were recently arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit following their indictments by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury.  Each was charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

Griffin and Johnson are accused of intending to gain a benefit for themselves to which they were not due by allegedly scheming to defraud GEICO Insurance Company by filing false claims for damages received in an automobile collision.

Griffin and Johnson were booked into the Lauderdale County Jail.  If convicted, each defendant faces up to eight years in jail; five years for conspiracy and three years for insurance fraud and a total of $10,000 in fines.

Johnson faces additional charges in a separate indictment with the third defendant, Vanoy Adams, 22, of Meridian.  Each is charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.  The indictment alleges that Johnson and Adams worked together to appropriate a benefit to themselves to which they were not entitled by executing a scheme to defraud GEICO Insurance Company in that false insurance claims were filed for damages received in an automobile collision.

If convicted, Adams faces up to five years in jail for conspiracy and three years for insurance fraud as well as a total of $10,000 in fines.  Johnson faces up to an additional eight years (five for conspiracy, three for insurance fraud) and $10,000 in fines for a total of 16 years behind bars and a total of $20,000 in fines.

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