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Former insurance agent faces more fraud charges

June 4, 2008

Albany -- A former Albany insurance agent,  charged with at least 15 counts of insurance fraud and identity theft, turned herself into federal authorities late Wednesday afternoon.

Local, state, and federal authorities had been trying to track down Tiawanna Thomas Moore and another woman. They warn her clients to check their insurance policies because they could be useless.

 Police from both the city and county took out more than a dozen arrest warrants against 36 year old Tiawanna Thomas Moore, the former owner of the Thomas Insurance Agency on Pine Avenue.  Albany Police charge her with insurance fraud and forgery. Investigators say she sold worthless auto insurance policies.  Albany Police Detective Michael Persley said "what she was doing was taking the money, that was supposed to be applied to the client's policies, but the money wasn't applied toward their policies."

In November 2004 State Insurance Commissioner Investigators raided Thomas' agency, seizing her files. Her legal fight continued until she gave up her insurance license at the end of 2007. But Investigators say she kept on selling policies.  Investigators know of at least 15 people who have been ripped off, and at least $70,000 is missing, but they think there are more victims. Persley said "I'm constantly getting calls."

 Dougherty County Police charged Thomas Moore and 39 year old Katie Brown with mortgage fraud and theft.  Investigators say Thomas Moore stole a relative's identity. Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said "that information was used to obtain a loan from a mortgage company on a piece of property, in the amount of $68,000."

Police say if you bought any insurance from Thomas Moore, you need to contact the new owners of the Thomas Agency at their Pine Avenue office. They are prepared to help you. Just last week Thomas Moore pled guilty to federal charges of bank fraud, and was set free while awaiting sentencing. Now she faces many more charges.

T.W.J. Enterprises bought the assets of the Thomas Agency, and have legitimate agents at their Pine Avenue office to help clients who bought insurance from Thomas Moore.

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