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Wesley Bernard Owens

A Suwanee man was one of two arrested Thursday morning in conjunction with a $120 million insurance fraud scheme that stretches coast to coast.

Wesley Bernard Owens, 47, of Suwanee was arrested in Gwinnett County on 18 total counts, including six counts of insurance fraud, six counts of ID fraud, two counts of felony theft, two counts of forgery, one count of operating an unlawful insurance business and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Owens and Beau Eric Wilson, 34, of Gainesville allegedly created fake certificates of insurance, falsely claiming large groups of agricultural workers were insured. The certificates claimed the workers were temporary office staffers. The scheme collapsed when injury claims coming into California were not paid because there was never insurance on the workers to begin with.

A warrant was executed in May 2017 at Owen’s Gwinnett County-based business, Bison Workforce Solutions and Bison Data Systems. Authorities are also searching for Ronda Nicole Taylor, 48, of Stone Mountain, who has 21 outstanding warrants related to the same scheme.

The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office and California Department of Insurance assisted with the arrest and extradition of the two individuals. Insurance fraud is a felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years or by a fine of up to $10,000.

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.

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