By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2018
RICHLAND, Ga. (WCTV) -- Two people in Georgia are behind bars after allegedly making nearly 400 false claims for damaged or undelivered smartphones and tablets.
48-year-old Rita Geddis McKay of Richland, Georgia, and a 17-year-old boy living in Muscogee County were taken into custody Wednesday morning.
According to the office of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, McKay and the teenager used multiple identities to open accounts with Verizon Wireless between January 2015 and October 2017.
Investigators say the duo filed 371 fraudulent claims for damaged or undelivered iPads and iPhones, and collected $331,021.30 in replacement merchandise.
Fraud investigators discovered that the suspects would add fake or non-working iPhones and IPads to their accounts, place insurance on them and then file theft and damage claims. The insurance company would send a replacement device, but the suspects would claim the item was never delivered or arrived damaged.
None of the "damaged" products were returned, and investigators determined the suspects sold the iPhones and IPads.
McKay and the juvenile have each been charged with two counts of insurance fraud and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property. McKay is being held in the Stewart County Jail and the 17-year-old was booked into the Muscogee County Jail.
Insurance fraud is a felony offense that carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.
Anyone with any information about this case or any suspicious insurance scheme should call 1-800-656-2298.