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Valdosta business man arrested for fraud

William Roy Garrett faces five felony counts of insurance fraud, after being arrested Thursday.

According to Enforcement Division Director Stan Bexley, criminal arrest warrants were issued on March 19, 2014 for William Roy Garrett in the Magistrate Court of Lowndes County Georgia.

Garrett was arrested on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Valdosta and booked in the Lowndes County Jail.  Garrett, age 52, owns and operates Winnersville Roofing and Advance Gutter System. Garrett has been charged with five felony counts of Insurance Fraud, five felony counts of Forgery in the First Degree, and one misdemeanor count of Failing to comply with Workers' Compensation Insurance Requirements.

The Enforcement Division's investigation alleges that Garrett attempted to conceal the fact that he did not have the required workers' compensation insurance coverage by presenting fraudulent certificates of insurance to a general contractor.

 It is estimated that Garrett defrauded the general contractor's insurance company out of $60,000 in workers' compensation premiums.

If anyone in the Valdosta and Lowndes County area has received a certificate of workers' compensation insurance coverage from William Roy Garrett, doing business as Advanced Gutter Systems or Winnersville Roofing & Home Improvement, you are asked to verify whether or not the coverage is valid by using the Board's website .  

If no coverage is reflected you are asked to contact the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation's Enforcement Division at (404) 657-7285 or (800) 533-0682.  All other lines of insurance coverage such as auto, home or general liability should be verified directly with the insurance carrier.

Insurance fraud affects everyone. To report suspected workers' compensation fraud or an employer with no workers' compensation insurance coverage you can call the State

Board of Workers' Compensation's Enforcement Division at (404) 657-7285 or go to our website at and file a complaint on-line.



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