State investigating man accused of posing as Geico agent

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DALLAS, Ga. - State-fraud investigators fear dozens of Georgians are driving without insurance and do not know it.

Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland learned a Jonesboro man has been charged with pocketing their premiums while posing as a Geico insurance agent.

"We've identified a couple of victims, but we suspect Marcus Brown probably had hundreds of victims and we want them to come forward," said Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence.

Florence said the name Marcus Brown was an alias used by suspect Ramarland Benning.


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“It's a brazen crime.  It's an outright fraud.  He's posing as an insurance agent. He is not one," Florence told Strickland.

Client Matt Horan of Dallas paid Benning $275 for car insurance and found out after a crash that Benning never paid Geico.

Horan also learned that they only things accurate on his insurance application were his name and vehicle ID number.

State fraud investigators fear dozens of Georgians are driving without insurance and do not know it.

"Everything else was falsified," Horan said.

That also included a record of military service.

"I guess he was just trying to deeply discount so I would continue the policy with him and give him the money he was looking for," he said.

Benning is currently out on bond. He will be prosecuted in Clayton County.

Strickland called the phone number on Benning's arrest warrant, but the voicemail box was full.