2 arrested in alleged $120 million insurance fraud scheme

Two arrests have been made in connection with an alleged $120 million insurance fraud scheme that stretched all the way to California, authorities said.

Wesley Bernard Owens, 47, of Suwanee and Beau Eric Wilson, 34, of Gainesville were arrested Thursday in Gwinnett County on charges of insurance fraud, felony theft and forgery, records show.

“Owens and Wilson allegedly created fake certificates of insurance claiming large groups of agricultural workers were insured when they were not,” according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Insurance.

The alleged scheme collapsed when injury claims from California went unpaid, authorities said.

Owens is the CEO of Bison Workforce Solutions, which helps companies with staffing and risk management, and Bison Data Systems, both of which are headquartered in Gwinnett County.

A warrant is out for the arrest of a third suspect, 48-year-old Ronda Nicole Taylor of Stone Mountain, who is also believed to be involved.  A fourth suspect was arrested in Florida in connection with the scheme.

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