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Local Business Owner Convicted on Federal Charges

6/1/2004

CONTACT: Nina Banister or Justin Glover
850-413-2842

PENSACOLA—A former Pensacola resident and owner of a medical consulting business has been convicted of mail and wire fraud for her role in an insurance fraud scheme. Lawanda Nall, 39, was convicted on 10 separate counts and awaits sentencing in August.

Investigators with the FBI and the department's Division of Insurance Fraud were alerted by State Farm Insurance Company to a suspicious claim for business and personal losses and business interruption due to a burglary of Caom Enterprises, owned by Nall and located at 7410 N. Palafox St. Nall filed claims via U.S. Mail totaling more than $370,000.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Nall staged the break-in and stored the missing items in a rental storage unit in Alabama under a relative's name.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the investigation.

The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance. Anyone with information about this case or another possible fraud scheme should call the department's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445. A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.