- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say a Covington man has been arrested in a scheme to obtain new cellphones by defrauding an insurance program.

A statement from the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s office says 35-year-old Andrew Anthony Hoilett was arrested Thursday on charges of insurance fraud, identity fraud, forgery, financial transaction card fraud, and theft.

Officials say the commissioner’s fraud unit investigated Hoilett and determined he was accessing the Asurion Insurance Company’s website using other people’s cellphone account information and filed fraudulent insurance claims for lost or damaged phones.

Authorities say Hoilett would track the replacement phone shipments and either intercept them or remove them from the doorsteps they were delivered to.

Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says additional charges are expected. It’s unclear if Hoilett has an attorney.


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