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Aberdeen Man Charged With Insurance Fraud

Jentry Townes

Townes

ABERDEEN, Miss. — An Aberdeen resident is behind bars facing charges of insurance and wire fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Jentry Deshea Townes, 30, was arrested Monday in Monroe County by investigators with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Aberdeen Police Department, following indictment on one count of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud.

The indictment alleges that Townes “filed a false and fraudulent insurance claim with the intent to defraud Liberty Mutual Insurance Company” and he did “wilfully, unlawfully and feloniously having devised a scheme to defraud and/or for obtaining money from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, to which he was not entitled, and for the purpose of executing said scheme did transmit or cause to be transmitted across county or state jurisdictional lines, a false and fraudulent sales invoice.”

Townes was booked into the Monroe County jail where he is awaiting arraignment.

If convicted, he faces up to three years behind bars on the insurance fraud charge and up to five years on the wire fraud charge.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Jerry Spell and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker of the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Unit.