Jonesboro fire chief & Jackson Parish deputy arrested
The town of Jonesboro’s fire chief and a Jackson Parish deputy sheriff have been arrested in connection with an insurance fraud scheme.
In August 2021, the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit-Monroe Field Office received a complaint of a suspected fraudulent insurance claim from the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The suspected fraudulent insurance claim was a result of a two-vehicle crash involving two Jonesboro Fire Department vehicles.
As a result of this investigation, 37-year-old Brandon Brown of Jonesboro and 58-year-old George Wyatt of Jonesboro were arrested. At the time of the investigation, Brown was the fire chief for the town of Jonesboro and Wyatt was a Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.
The investigation determined Brown and Wyatt falsified a crash report. The information contained in the crash report indicated Brown and Wyatt were the drivers of the vehicles involved. After interviewing several people, including Brown and Wyatt, it was determined Brown’s juvenile son was driving one of the vehicles at the time of the crash. The fraudulent claim in question was for over $26,000.00.
Brown and Wyatt have been charged with insurance fraud, filing or maintaining false public records, and malfeasance in office. They were both booked into the Jackson Parish Jail.
Jonesboro mayor Leslie Thompson confirmed Brown will remain the town’s fire chief while the charges play out. Wyatt’s status with the sheriff’s department could not be immediately determined.
The investigation by State Police remains active and ongoing. For more information and/or to contact the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit visit http://www.lsp.org/ifu.html.
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