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Cops: Woman claims big insurance settlement to scam $280K in 'loans'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Aurora Hernandez-Martinez did not win a multi-million dollar settlement against an insurance company, police say.

She is not awaiting payment of that reward, they believe.

The victims that Hernandez-Martinez reportedly received nearly $300,000 in "loans" from -- under the guise of repayment once she received that settlement -- are out in the cold.

Gwinnett County police issued late last week half a dozen arrest warrants for Hernandez-Martinez, whose last known address is believed to be on Realm Lane in Lawrenceville. Once detained, the 42-year-old will be facing at least six felony counts of theft by deception stemming from the alleged con.

According to an incident report, Hernandez-Martinez began as far back as January representing herself as the victor in a "multi-million dollar settlement from 'Progressive,'" telling her alleged victims that she needed money while she was "waiting to be paid the money that she was owed."

In all, Hernandez-Martinez allegedly collected $280,100 in cash and estimated value of services rendered, all while giving victims "the understanding that they would be repaid at a later date," police said.

Atlanta attorney Steed Scott, who filed the report on behalf of six alleged victims, said that "each time the victims gave the suspect more money they signed a document establishing the debt with the suspect promising to repay the debt that was owed."

The money was exchanged over several transactions and months, Scott told police. One Lilburn man reportedly gave Hernandez-Martinez $145,000.

The problem is, authorities believe, Hernandez-Martinez never landed a big settlement from an insurance company. Scott told police that there was never even a court case.

The relationship between the suspect and alleged victims was unclear Wednesday.

Gwinnett County Detention Center records show that Hernandez-Martinez had not been arrested as of Wednesday evening.

Comments

notblind 1 year, 5 months ago

What kind of interest rates were these scammed people promised ? Want to bet the rates were 'too good to be true'? The next headline about this story will be "Scammer Fled the Country".

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news2me 1 year, 5 months ago

This lady is no stranger to the Gwinnett Courts. She uses both names, check her out. Perhaps she has left the country?

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Gundoctor1 1 year, 5 months ago

ha ha ha ha ha ha. Serves them right. Stupid is as stupid does........ who needs the comedy channel? Idiots!!!!

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