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Insurance agents arrested for fraud

Cecil Wayne Ade   (Dougherty Co. Jail) Cecil Wayne Ade (Dougherty Co. Jail)
Shannon Del Vick (Dougherty Co. Jail) Shannon Del Vick (Dougherty Co. Jail)
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April 12, 2007

Adel -- Two South Georgia insurance agents were arrested Thursday on charges of signing up senior citizens for health coverage without their permission. Investigators say they even signed up a dead man.

Shannon Del Vick and Cecil Wayne Ade are charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, forgery and exploitation of an elderly person.

While the initial charges involve nine people from Albany, the insurance commissioner says as many as 40 senior citizens may be victims.

Police and insurance investigators raided the homes of Shannon Vick and Cecil Ade, in Adel first thing this morning.

Investigators say the two worked for ING/Old World Finance in Adel although they say Ade had recently left to take a new job at Medicare Supplements Insurance in Valdosta.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine say the two signed up eight Albany senior citizens and even a dead man for health coverage without their knowledge. "They filled out an application and enrolled Mr. Morgan in the Medicare Advantage Program and Mr. Morgan wasn't even alive at the time," said Oxendine.

He says in many cases, the two forged signatures. "Mine had my signature and hers had hers, but that wasn't out signature, it was forgery, absolute forgery," said fraud victim Joseph Tompkins.

And while they collected the commission checks, their victims were clueless they'd been scammed.

"We got these letters through the mail and we were just putting them aside, it said, you're welcome to Well Care," said Tompkins.

Until it was too late. "The victims didn't know they were signed up with this so they were not always following the rules and claims were often not getting paid," said Oxendine.

They believe the nine victims are just the first of many. "We are investigating 40 cases against these two agents." Including the Tompkins and others in Columbus and throughout South Georgia.

Vick and Ade are charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, forgery, and exploitation of an elderly person but more charges may come forth as the investigation continues.

They say no insurance agent should show up at your door unannounced, and only after making an appointment over the phone.

The Insurance and Safety Fire Commission is asking anyone who has seen these men or having a similar situation to call them immediately at 1-800-656-2298.

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