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Florida Businessman Who Faked Death Arrested in North Carolina

A Florida businessman who authorities say faked his own death to dodge debts while reaping millions in life insurance benefits is sitting in a North Carolina jail after allegedly applying for a passport under another man’s name. Jose Salvador Lantigua …

Georgia Tour Guides Move Forward with Free Speech Suit Against Savannah

Months after a federal lawsuit prompted Savannah to revise a local law regulating guided tours, Dan Leger remains determined to press ahead with the case in court. “Until they quit licensing my free speech, I won’t be satisfied,” said Leger, …

7 Arrested in Georgia for Insurance Fraud in Staged Car Crash

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says seven central Georgia residents accused of staging a car crash have been charged with insurance fraud. Hudgens said in a statement that the crash on Sept. 5, 2013 involved a 1998 BMW and a rented …

Georgia Senate Committee Approves Ridesharing Bill

A bill that would give Uber and other ride-sharing services clear sailing to keep operating in Georgia on passed the state Senate’s powerful Science and Technology Committee late last week. The bill by Republican Rep. Alan Powell of Hartwell passed …

Main Street America Now Writing Surety, Fidelity Bonds in Mississippi

The Main Street America Group has received regulatory approval from the State of Mississippi Insurance Department to write commercial surety and fidelity bonds in the state, which will be underwritten through the company’s NGM Insurance Co. Brian Beggs, vice president …

Tennessee Hospital Patient Information Found in Public Recycling Bin

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says its Office of Licensure is investigating after paperwork from a Franklin mental health facility was found in a public recycling bin. The Tennessean reports the paperwork was from an …

South Carolina Court Rules Stripper Shot at Club Entitled to Workers’ Comp

An exotic dancer who was shot at a Columbia, S.C., nightclub is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for her injury, according to a ruling by the state’s highest court. The State newspaper reported that the South Carolina Supreme Court made …

Florida Residents Arrested for PIP Fraud Following Staged Accident

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud announced the arrests of Fort Lauderdale residents Kendrick Callins and Lashaunda Gibbs for staging an auto accident, patient brokering and personal injury protection (PIP) insurance fraud. An investigation by the …

Kmart Asks Appeals Court for Trial Over Flooding in Mississippi Store

Kmart Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to order a trial in its lawsuit against a shopping center owner for flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth, Miss. Kmart contends it has evidence to support its arguments …

Former Kentucky Mine Inspector Pleads Guilty to Bribery

A former state mine inspector has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking bribes from former Kentucky lawmaker Keith Hall. Kelly Shortridge agreed to a plea that was filed in court on Wednesday. It says Shortridge, who worked for the …

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