January 27, 2003
Georgia Man Gets 7 Years and $187,000 Fine for Insurance Fraud Involving Fraudulent Airman?s Medical Certificate
Rodney H. Williams of Thompson, GA, who fraudulently obtained an FAA airman?s medical certificate to further his insurance fraud scheme, was sentenced to 86 months in jail and $187,092 in fines and restitution by a U.S. District Court judge in Norfolk, VA. Williams orchestrated a scheme of staging fictitious auto accidents and then filing false insurance claims. In connection with the scheme, he claimed he was a commercial pilot in order to receive additional compensation for alleged lost wages when he filed the automobile insurance claims. Williams was convicted in August 2002 on 12 counts of wire fraud, two counts of identity theft, and one count of false use of a Social Security number. OIG worked with the FBI on the investigation.