Florida woman accused of sinking SUV for insurance money

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By: Associated Press
October 30, 2017

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida woman had her SUV driven into a lagoon and then pretended the vehicle had been stolen.

The News Herald of Panama City reports that 65-year-old Debra Jenkins was arrested after a man spotted a submerged SUV in the waters.

Jenkins initially told authorities that the SUV had been stolen the night before. According to an arrest report, Jenkins later told deputies that she and a friend had devised the plan to get rid of the vehicle and claim the insurance money.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office said in a report that a stick was found inside the vehicle on the driver's floorboard to possibly hold the gas pedal.

Jenkins has been charged with insurance fraud. It's unclear if she has a lawyer.

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