Three plead guilty to insurance fraud

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Aug. 13, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Sumter residents Tykeem Ra Hsan Jomal Sumpter, 23, Raekwon Rasheen Reyes Owens, 22, and Khalil Jabraun Hilton, 19, entered pleas of guilty on August 9, 2018 on insurance fraud charges. Sumpter pleaded guilty to one count of Making a False Statement or Misrepresentation Between $1,000 – $10,000.  Owens pleaded guilty to one count of Presenting a False Claim for Payment Between $2,000 – $10,000 and one count of Resisting Arrest.  Hilton pleaded guilty to one count of Making a False Statement or Misrepresentation Less than $2,000.

The Honorable George M. McFaddin, Jr. accepted the pleas and sentenced Sumpter and Owens to prison on their charges suspended to probation.  As a special condition of probation, Sumpter and Owens are ordered to pay $500 of restitution to USAA and $828.21 of restitution to GEICO, respectively.  Judge McFaddin sentenced Hilton to a $100 fine.

“Insurance fraud may seem like a victimless crime to some because big insurance companies can afford to pay out the money, but it raises insurance rates for all of us,” said Attorney General Wilson. “Some of these staged accidents can also put others in danger. We’ll continue to investigate and prosecute anyone who commits this crime,” said Attorney General Wilson.

The incident with Sumpter began when he presented a fraudulent claim to USAA Insurance Company, an insurer doing business in South Carolina, for bodily injury. Sumpter sent USAA a Palmetto Health-Tuomey bill for a time when he was never seen there and used an invalid account number.  Five hundred dollars was paid out to Sumpter before the insurance company realized the claim was fraudulent.

The insurance fraud incident with Owens occurred after the defendant was in a staged car accident on June 6, 2017. Owens presented a fraudulent claim to GEICO, for bodily injury, using hospital bills in the amount of $4,087. GEICO sent Owens $828.21 before the company realized the claim was fraudulent.  The claims were flagged due to the bills being altered. In March of this year, Special Agent Joe Neff went to serve Owens with warrants from the incident. Owens fled, but Neff was able to arrest him after a brief struggle.

The incident with Hilton began on April 28, 2017, with a vehicle collision on Plowden Mill Road.  Mr. Hilton solicited a co-defendant to go to the hospital and pose as Hilton.  Hilton made a claim to GEICO for $8,376.50 for the medical bills. Because the claim was flagged early, the amount was never paid to Hilton.

The Attorney General would like to stress that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  The case was investigated by SLED and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General LaRone Washington.

 

Schedule a Tour or Visit

Welcome to the on-line office for Attorney General Alan Wilson. Please visit the Contact Us page to stay in touch.

image description
Columbia, SC

Rembert Dennis Building | 1000 Assembly Street,

Room 519 | Columbia, S.C. 29201

Phone: 1-803-734-3970 | Fax: (803) 253-6283

Back to top