ATLANTA — Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced Wednesday that arrest warrants were issued to three men for their participation in a staged accident ring operating in South Georgia. 

Three Thomasville men, Germain Baynard, 20, Ryan Law, 21, and Demetrius Lee, 22, face felony charges related to the crime. Authorities are currently seeking a fourth suspect, Keronda Bell, 46, also of Thomasville.Special Fraud Agents in Hudgens’ office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau alleged the men staged slip-and-fall accidents at various businesses in Brooks, Colquitt and Thomas counties. The investigation revealed that Bell was the ringleader, planning the slip-and-falls and filing the fraudulent claims.

“My office will investigate all forms of insurance fraud,” said Hudgens. “Individuals who feel that they are above the law and file a false insurance claim will be arrested and prosecuted.”

Baynard, Law, and Lee were booked into the Thomas County Jail and later released on bond. Baynard has been charged with felony theft by deception and Lee has been charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony.

To report suspected fraud, contact the Georgia Department of Insurance at 800-656-2298. Callers may remain anonymous.

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