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Agents arrested for allegedly conspiring to exploit the elderly

    ADEL, Ga. - Two Adel insurance agents were charged Thursday with signing up eight elderly people and even a dead man for health coverage without bothering to get their permission, officials said.

    While the initial charges involve only nine individuals, all from Albany, the alleged conspiracy may extend to as many as 40 elderly victims throughout southwest Georgia, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said.

    Shannon Del Vick and Cecil Wayne Ade, both 35, were charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, forgery and exploitation of an elderly person _ all felonies, Oxendine said.

    Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Oxendine, said the victims were in their 80s and 90s.

    It is illegal in Georgia to sign anyone up for insurance without permission.

    Oxendine's office said the two used information already on file at their office, ING/Old World Finance in Adel, in an attempt to collect commissions for signing up the nine individuals for Medicare Part D, a program launched last year to subsidize prescription costs.

    "These nine victims were in Dougherty County," Oxendine said. "But we have alleged victims in Columbus and in other areas around southwest Georgia. One of these victims was not even alive. They actually signed up a dead person."

    xendine said his office's insurance fraud investigation likely will be expanded to include other companies.

    "We're seeing reports of abuses around the state," he said.

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