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Business owner pleads guilty to fraud
Deal sentenced to five years of probation, 180 to 240 days in detention center
Marvin Lewis Deal

A Statesboro businessman was indicted this week on insurance fraud charges after a state insurance investigator and the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office found reason for an investigation.
Marvin Lewis Deal Jr., 41, of Cricket Hollow Lane, was booked Wednesday into the Bulloch County Jail after a special presentment in court, Assistant District Attorney Michael Muldrew said.
Deal, the owner of Eagle Heating and Air, was booked on charges of insurance fraud and felony theft by deception.
Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the Georgia Fire and Insurance Commission, said Deal was involved in “claims fraud,” in which he filed claims on insurance for work done, but did not perform the work.
Muldrew said Friday that state agents sent information to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
“We reviewed it and it showed (Deal) defrauded (victims),” Muldrew said. “He filed false claims for HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) work he had not done.”
Deal was not arrested or jailed before court, but was indicted by a grand jury on the charges. In spite of a bench warrant not being issued, Deal, who pleaded guilty, went to the Bulloch County Jail and was booked on the charges, he said. Muldrew did not know why Deal had not been arrested on the charges prior to court hearings.
In court Wednesday, Deal was sentenced on the charge of felony theft by deception to five years probation, 180 to 240 days in a detention center, $1,000 fine and to pay $27,927.84 in restitution within 30 days, Muldrew said.
For the insurance fraud charge, Deal received a sentence of five years probation to run concurrent with the other sentence.
Deal could not be reached for comment.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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