Former city of Metter insurance agent arrested on felony fraud charges

Updated: Apr. 5, 2017 at 12:40 PM EDT
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CANDLER CO., GA (WTOC) - An investigation conducted by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation's Enforcement Division has led to the arrest of a former city of Metter insurance agent.

According to Enforcement Division Director Stan Bexley, 52-year-old Thelga Mahalia Nelson, the former owner of Quality Insurance Agency was arrested Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Candler County Jail on four counts of felony insurance fraud.

The investigation alleges that Nelson - a former Georgia licensed insurance agent - sold customers fake workers' compensation insurance coverage and pocketed the premium. Investigators say she then issued the unsuspecting clients bogus certificates of insurance as proof that they had workers' compensation insurance coverage. They also say it's suspected that Nelson has fraudulently obtained thousands of dollars in workers' compensation premiums from the victims. Based on evidence obtained during the investigation, it was determined that one certificate created by Nelson has cost a general contractor over $34,000 in additional premiums.

This case is still being investigated by the Enforcement Division, and additional charges are anticipated in the near future. If any business owner in the Metter, Statesboro, or Swainsboro areas, particularly logging truck operations, has received a certificate of workers' compensation insurance from Quality Insurance Agency, you are asked to contact the State Board of Workers' Compensation's Enforcement Division at 404.657.7285 or 800.533.0682. They are encouraging anyone who receives workers' comp coverage to verify the certificate either by using the State Board's website or by contacting the insurance company directly. All other lines of insurance coverage such as auto, home, or general liability should be verified directly with the insurance carrier.

To report suspected workers' comp fraud or an employer with no workers' comp insurance coverage, call 404.657.7285, or visit the board's website here to file a complaint online.

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