Three Sumter men plead guilty to insurance fraud

Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 at 6:55 PM EDT
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A trio of Sumter residents now face prison times and fines after filing false insurance claims.

Tykeem Sumpter (23), Raekwon Reyes (22), and Khalil Hilton (19) all entered guilty pleas on August 9 on insurance fraud charges.

Sumpter provided a fraudulent claim to an insurance company for bodily injury. He also sent the company a bill with an invalid account number from a local hospital for a time when he was never seen there. Sumpter received $500 before the company discovered the claim was fake.

Owens filed a false claim after a staged car accident on June 6, 2017. He provided the claim for bodily injury and used hospital bills for more than $4,000. After receiving the claims, Owens received over $800 before the company determined the claim was false. Authorities attempted to serve Owens with warrants from the incident in March 2018. He ran but was later arrested after a brief struggle.

Hilton was involved in a vehicle collision on Plowden Mill Road. After lobbying a co-defendant to go to the hospital and pose as Hilton, he submitted a claim to an insurance company for more than $8,300 for medical bills. However, the claim was flagged early and a payout was never made to Hilton.

Sumpter and Owens were each sentenced to probation. Sumpter was ordered to pay the money the received back to their respective insurance companies. Hilton was fined $100.

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