Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 24, 2014

Woman cited for false allegations

Cordele — An investigation conducted by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s Enforcement Division has led to the arrest of a 48-year-old former supermarket employee.

According to Enforcement Division Director Stan Bexley, Jan Michelle Smith was arrested on Feb. 19, and transported to the Crisp County Detention Center where she has been charged with two felony counts of giving false nformation to a government entity and one count of filing a false report of a crime.

Smith is a Crisp County resident and a former employee of Harvey’s Supermarket in Cordele.

The agency’s investigation alleges that Smith, while employed as a cashier at Harvey’s Supermarket, filed a police report last Aug. 29,  with the Cordele Police Department alleging she had been assaulted two days earlier by her supervisor while at work.

An investigation conducted by police determined no assault had occurred. As a result no charges were filed against the store supervisor.

The investigation also revealed that in conjunction with Smith filing a false report of an assault. She then filed a false claim for workers’ compensation insurance benefits with Harvey’s insurance carrier and subsequently filed a claim against Harvey’s with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation alleging she had been injured as a result of an assault occurring at work.

Based on evidence obtained during the investigation conducted by the Board’s enforcement division it was determined Smith fabricated the allegations against the store supervisor and no assault ever occurred.

This case is still under an active investigation and additional charges of insurance fraud are pending against Smith.

“Insurance fraud affects everyone,” read a news release from the state agency. Those wishing to report suspected workers’ compensation fraud or an employer with no workers’ compensation insurance coverage may call the State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s Enforcement Division at (404) 657-7285 or visit its website at www.sbwc.georgia.gov to file a complaint on-line.

 

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