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Florida CFO Arrests 5 in Alleged Staged Accident Insurance Fraud

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrest of five individuals on grand theft and insurance fraud charges for their involvement in an alleged staged accident. Officials said the alleged scam resulted in fraudulent Personal Injury Protection (PIP) billings …

Tennessee’s Brentwood Services Promotes Perkins

Cindy Perkins has been promoted to the position of support team supervisor for Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. (BSA)., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. In her new position, Perkins is supervising claims administrative staff to ensure workflow of administrative and clerical duties. …

South Carolina School’s Post-Game Ritual Prompts Reputational Damage Claim

The parents of three Charleston, S.C. football players have filed a lawsuit claiming characterizations of the team’s controversial post-game watermelon ritual damaged their sons’ reputations. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the parents are suing the Charleston County …

University of Memphis Earthquake Center Receives $2M Grant

The U.S. Geological Survey is awarding a $2 million grant to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis. The university said the three-year grant will help the center continue to monitor earthquakes in the central …

North Carolina Insurance Agent Accused of Embezzlement

North Carolina insurance officials announced the arrest of Harry Bernard Laughlin of Charlotte on 28 felony counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent. Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between August 2013 and March 2014, while acting as owner …

Alabama Jury Awards Damages in Diamond-Swap Case

A Montgomery County jury has awarded a woman more than $30,000 in damages after she accused a jeweler of swapping a diamond she wanted to re-purpose with one of lesser value. WSFA-TV reported that the Alabama jury awarded DeeDee Nolan …

Abuse Complaints Against Private West Virginia School Released

A former West Virginia boarding school for troubled youths was named in more than a dozen complaints of abuse and mistreatment over the past five years, one involving a student who allegedly volunteered a younger sibling to other residents for …

Family Settles Suit in Death of Georgia Worker on Allman Film

The family of a film worker who was killed in a train accident while shooting a movie near Savannah has reached a settlement with several defendants in a civil suit. A statement from the Harris Penn Lowry law firm last …

Mississippi’s Lafayette County Expands Fire District

Residents living along Mississippi Highway 30 and on several county roads extending off the highway may soon see a reduction in their homeowners insurance after the area was included in the Lafayette County Fire Department’s Central Fire Grading District. Fire …

Tennessee Insurance Broker Murdered in Virgin Islands

Authorities say a Nashville insurance broker was found dead in his secluded rental home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department confirmed that Edward Netherland, 60, was found Tuesday morning. The department said an autopsy revealed …

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