Two arrested for Lee Co. insurance fraud

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 3:18 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 at 1:56 AM EDT
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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - The State Board of Workers' Compensation announced Thursday that Malina Alison Pedigo and her boyfriend, Christopher Joel Dowdy, were arrested Wednesday for felony insurance fraud.

The state said that Pedigo and Dowdy conspired to create fraudulent certificates of workers' comp insurance, to allow Dowdy to install windows and vinyl siding.

However, Dowdy did not have insurance, and that cost a general contractor $21,000 in additional insurance premiums.

Pedigo, the owner of Lee Affordable Insurance Agency on Highway 19 South has been charged with three counts of felony insurance fraud and one count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

Her attorney says she didn't do anything wrong and no clients suffered financial harm.

"There may not have been a crime committed and if there was one then she's 100 percent innocent of that crime. And that her businesses is going to continue and she will continue to provide the services that her clients are paying for," said James Finklestein, Pedigo's attorney.

Finklestein said the charges involve events from two years ago, and he believes Pedigo's records will prove her innocence.

Dowdy, also of Lee County, was arrested Wednesday following a brief stand-off with an Enforcement Division Investigator and deputies from the Lee Co. Sheriff's Office.

Officials said if any business owner in the Albany or Leesburg area has received a certificate of workers' compensation insurance from Lee Affordable Insurance, or Christopher Dowdy, they should contact the State Board of Workers' Compensation's Enforcement Division at (404) 657-7285 or (800) 533-0682.

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