Jackson, MS (WorkersCompensation.com) - Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of 35-year-old Francine Owens, who is charged with one count of workers' compensation fraud.
Owens, of Jackson—who also goes by the last name of Wren—turned herself in to the Hinds County Sheriff's Department Tuesday. She is accused of giving misleading statements to Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, claiming she was not receiving secondary income while receiving workers' compensation benefits. While receiving those benefits, it was discovered that she had another job and did not provide that information to the insurance company.
If convicted, Owens faces up to five years in prison and $15,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated the Attorney General's Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders.
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