Iberia

Dec 17, 2012 12:22 PM by Tonya LaCoste

State Police arrest New Iberia businessman for insurance fraud

The owner of a towing company in New Iberia is charged with Insurance Fraud. John Bell Jr., 70, owner of Jo-Bell's Wrecker Service, is accused of filing a $9,000 false theft claim with his insurance company. "In the claim, Bell stated a 2005 Ford truck had been stolen from his property. The truck was recovered one week later, and Bell claimed that damage on the truck had been sustained during the period for which it was missing," State Trooper Stephen Hammons said. Detectives said they discovered the truck was damaged before it was reported stolen and before it was insured.

Following a two-month long investigation, state police arrested Bell on December 14 and booked him into the Iberia Parish Jail. Troopers with Louisiana State Police Towing and Recovery Unit have been informed of the arrest, and have begun a separate investigation of Bell's business, said Hammons.

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