Bainbridge men found not guilty of fraudulent activity

Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Brian Hall and James Ward, of Bainbridge, were found not guilty for insurance fraud last week.

At the May 2015 term Grand Jury, Ward and Hall were individually and collectively indicted with insurance fraud. The indictment alleged the two men made a false and fraudulent claim on damaged done to a Heartland Camper. According to the indictment, Ward and Hall said the damage was accidental from a fallen tree limb.

The false claim resulted in a payment of $55,323.70 from Auto Owners Insurance Company.

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“Justice was served and the truth came out in court,” Hall said. “We were happy with the results. We knew it from the beginning.”

South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joe Mulholland said insurance fraud cases were always difficult.

“These cases are always pretty tricky whenever you have insurance fraud,” Mulholland said. “(The jury) made their decision. David Atwell presented it for the state. He did a really good job presenting it with the facts we were given. I thought he did as a good a job as he could.”

Ward and Hall work at Jimmy’s Auto Sales in Bainbridge, Georgia.