Georgia Man Charged in Cellphone Insurance Scam

December 23, 2014

State officials in Georgia said a Covington man has been arrested in a scheme to obtain new cellphones by defrauding an insurance program.

The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s office said 35-year-old Andrew Anthony Hoilett was arrested on charges of insurance fraud, identity fraud, forgery, financial transaction card fraud, and theft.

Officials said the commissioner’s fraud unit investigated Hoilett and determined he was accessing the Asurion Insurance Co.’s website using other people’s cellphone account information and filing fraudulent insurance claims for lost or damaged phones.

Authorities said Hoilett would track the replacement phone shipments and either intercept them or remove them from the doorsteps they were delivered to.

Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said additional charges are expected. It’s unclear if Hoilett has an attorney.

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