ATLANTA, Ga. (WSAV) – Two men were arrested in a $120 million insurance fraud scheme that stretched all the way to California.
Agents in the Fraud Investigations Division at the Georgia Department of Insurance assisted the California Department of Insurance and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office in making the arrests Thursday.
Wesley Bernard Owens, 47, of Suwanee was arrested on six Counts of Insurance Fraud, six Counts of ID Fraud, two Counts of Felony Theft, two Counts of Forgery, one Count of Operating an Unlawful Insurance Business, and one Count of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (RICO). That’s 18 total.
Beau Eric Wilson, 34, of Gainesville was arrested on 13 Counts of Felony Theft, six Counts of Insurance Fraud, six Counts of ID Fraud, two Counts of Forgery, one Count of Operating an Unlawful Insurance Business, and one Count of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (RICO). That’s 29 total.
Owens is the CEO of Bison Workforce Solutions and Bison Date Systems, which are both based in Gwinnett County. A search warrant was executed in May 2017 at the business.
Owens and Wilson allegedly created fake certificates of insurance claiming large groups of agricultural workers were insured when they were not. They claimed the workers were temporary office staffers.
The whole scheme fell apart when injury claims coming into California were not paid because the workers never had insurance in the first place.
Officials estimate the scheme totals $120 million in losses.
Agents also have a warrant for the arrest of Ronda Nicole Taylor of Stone Mountain. She has 21 outstanding warrants for being involved in the scheme. She was not home when authorities went to her home. A fourth suspect was also arrested in Florida.
To report suspected fraud, Georgia Department of Insurance Fraud Unit at 404-232-1212. Callers may remain anonymous.