Oct 15 2015

Previous Mayor Of Georgia Town Pleads Guilty To 12 Counts Of Insurance Scams

Former Milledgeville, Ga., Mayor Richard Bentley has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of insurance scams.

Numerous media outlets report that Bentley was sentenced in Baldwin County Superior Court to 10 years probation, provided a $2,000 fine and ordered to carry out 160 hours of neighborhood service for dedicating scams on seven victims going back to September 2013.

Bentley, who previously possessed Wilkinson Insurance Company, pleaded guilty on Sept. 25 to seven counts of misappropriation of insurance premiums and 5 counts of releasing fraudulent certificates of insurance coverage.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Lawyer Skye Gess says Bentley has actually paid back $51,000, consisting of $37,000 in restitution to the seven victims.

Bentley resigned as mayor in February, citing health and business concerns as his previous insurance company was under investigation.