FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS - A Bay St. Louis woman has been arrested following indictment on insurance fraud charges, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Dana Aikens, 37, of Bay St. Louis was arrested Friday by law enforcement in Hancock County to face prosecution by the Attorney General’s Office, Insurance Integrity Unit. Aikens was indicted by a Hancock County Grand Jury on two counts of insurance fraud. The indictment alleges the defendant executed “a scheme to defraud” Geico Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. On count one, Aikens is alleged to filed a claim for damage from an automobile accident that had already been covered by another insurance company. On count two, the defendant filed a claim for damages in an accident that is alleged to have never occurred. Aikens was paid over $2,200 from both insurance companies.
Aikens is currently incarcerated in the Hancock County Detention Center on the insurance fraud charges, as well as an unrelated armed robbery case which will be handled by the Hancock County District Attorney. The scheduled trial date on the insurance fraud indictment is April 1, 2013.
If convicted, Aikens faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.