COLUMBUS — Lt. Governor Mary Taylor announced today that an Ohio Department of Insurance-led investigation has resulted in the indictment of five Cincinnati-area residents on multiple counts of alleged insurance fraud for filing a significant number of false insurance claims in 2014 totaling approximately $85,000. As part of the scheme to defraud insurance companies, the individuals filed fraudulent claims pertaining to automobile accidents that never occurred
“Insurance fraud increases the cost of insurance for all of us and will be aggressively pursued by the Department of Insurance,” said Taylor, also Director of the Department of Insurance. “I applaud the efforts of the investigative team that led to this indictment.”
A Hamilton County Grand Jury charged Deandra Chambers, Domynic Elahee, Trenton Evans, Jaynell Todd, and Shawniece Reed on Jan. 30. Chambers was also charged with forgery and tampering with records.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the National Insurance Crime Bureau assisted in the investigation.
If you believe someone may be committing insurance fraud or professional misconduct, the Department urges people to call its fraud hotline at 1-800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.