According to the Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Insurance Fraud (BIF), the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputy, who was fired and arrested Tuesday night, allegedly lied to his auto insurance company about his vehicle claim.
Now former MP Corey Jones was relieved of duty and subsequently arrested and charged Tuesday with insurance fraud under $20,000 after the BIF concluded an investigation finding Jones allegedly committed insurance fraud between September 17 and 27 committed against the USAA Insurance Company.
“There is probable reason to believe that on September 12, 2022 in Santa Rosa County, Corey Michael Jones knowingly and intentionally committed insurance fraud by providing false, incomplete or misleading information … by concealing the fact that his vehicle were involved in the alleged traffic accident prior to the inception of the policy,” says the BIF’s affidavit on the probable cause.
Jones was involved in a traffic accident in his Chrysler Town and Country van at 11:58 a.m. on September 17, according to the report, but he reportedly called the USAA about 17 minutes later to add his van to his insurance policy.
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While in recorded communication with the USAA, Jones said he was “in an accident on September 17 and Jones wanted to make sure the vehicle was insured,” although he “stated that the insurance card had an effective date of September 18.” .September showed”. Later, at 1:52 p.m., Jones filed an insurance claim for the Town and Country van.
On September 20, Jones called USAA again and allegedly stated that he added the Town and Country van early in the morning of September 17 and updated the insurance policy before the crash.
On September 27, USAA Insurance Special Counsel Bryan Chandler conducted a taped phone interview in which Jones said his fiancé and grandmother bought the van in April, and he told Chandler he assumed the two had appropriate insurance because they would have received the registration of the vehicle in the mail a few days later.
During the same call, Chandler said, “Okay, and you confirm to me on this recording that you were not already involved in these roadside accidents when you logged in and added cover to this vehicle?”
Jones replied, “No, sir.”
Later in the call, Chandler told Jones, “It sounds like you’re telling me at this point that you knowingly provided false or incorrect information to present this allegation.”
Jones’ response to the statement has been redacted.
After further investigation, Jones was arrested and booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail at 5 p.m. Tuesday. He was released on $2,500 bail at 9:15 p.m. the same day.
This article originally appeared in the Pensacola News Journal: SRSO MP Fired, Charged with Insurance Fraud Over Vehicle Claim