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Reported crash into spillway was fraud attempt, trooper says

Vehicle found in water at Cypress Lake

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Reported crash into spillway was fraud attempt, trooper says


Georgia State Patrol troopers investigated a reported crash Tuesday morning that turned out to be a suspected attempt at insurance fraud.

GSP Trooper 1st Class Robbie Scott was dispatched to the Cypress Lake spillway on Cypress Lake Road to a reported vehicle in the water. The driver, whose identity is being withheld because no charges have been filed, told Scott that he ran off the road but had jumped from his 2006 Ford F350 truck before it hit the water.

However, upon further investigation, Scott decided the man’s story didn’t quite ring true.

“He was not wet or dirty,” Scott said. “He was very clean.”

Scott later learned that the man had placed a “river rock” in front of his truck tire while it was parked on the decline near the spillway. A witness saw the truck parked there and saw the driver there 20 minutes before the 911 call was made, he said.

Scott said the driver apparently emptied the truck of all his possessions, rolled the windows down and placed it in drive, then removed the rock.

The driver was not immediately charged because “in Georgia, you can’t charge them with insurance fraud until they have actually benefitted” from the attempt, Scott said.

Charges could be pending, as the lien holder for the truck, as well as the insurance company, have been notified of the incident, he said.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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