Investigators have charged ten people in a million-dollar auto insurance fraud ring. That word comes from Insurance Commissioner Jim Long.
The investigators say the scheme involved planned collisions, fake insurance claims, fake or exaggerated injuries and false information on insurance applications.
All ten face felony charges including insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy. Authorities say the suspects, all from Cleveland and Rutherford counties, were taken to the Cleveland County jail.
Investigators said there are more arrests to be made in the case.
Southern General Insurance Company uncovered the scheme when company officials noticed unusual claim activity. As of September, nearly 500 insurance claims to at least eight insurance companies had been linked to the alleged ring.