21-year-old man pleads guilty to insurance fraud

Posted 4/15/18

A Sumter man, 21, was sentenced to five years of probation on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for taking part in an insurance fraud ring and cashing an insurance claim check for approximately $16,500.According to a release from …

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A Sumter man, 21, was sentenced to five years of probation on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for taking part in an insurance fraud ring and cashing an insurance claim check for approximately $16,500.

According to a release from the South Carolina Attorney General's office, Jair Hakeem Golden was approached by his cousin, Demarkus Lane, who told him he could make money by using his name to cash a check.

On Feb. 6, 2017, Lane staged a car wreck at Bagnal Drive and Oswego Highway in Sumter and told hospital staff that his name was Jair Golden when he went in for treatment. With that information, the hospital sent the bills to Golden who, along with Lane, then took the bills to an insurance claim office which issued a check to Golden for $16,564.12, states the release.

Golden signed and cashed the check.

Judge R. Ferrell Cothran initially sentenced Golden to a term not to exceed six years under the Youthful Offender Act, but the sentence was suspended to five years' probation.

Lane is charged with presenting a false claim for payment greater than $10,000, along with making a false statement or representation for $10,000-$50,000, and forgery greater than $10,000. He also faces three pending counts of presenting a false claim for payment and forgery.

More than 30 other co-defendants are involved in the insurance fraud ring, states the release.

"Insurance fraud is a real problem in South Carolina that raises all of our rates," State Attorney General Alan Wilson said in the release. "Our office will continue to go after these criminals."