Insurance agent accused of scamming elderly arrested in North Carolina

Insurance agent accused of scamming elderly arrested in North Carolina

August 13th, 2019 by Patrick Filbin in Breaking News

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk looks on as members of the Wilson Funeral Home talk about the insurance scandal that has affected their business. From left to right - Leroy, Glenda, David and Spencer Wilson attended the press conference Friday afternoon in Ringgold.

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Updated at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, with more information.

A photo of Kevin Miles, provided by the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office.

A photo of Kevin Miles, provided by the...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

 

Kevin Miles, the 41-year-old insurance agent who allegedly scammed more than 30 people out of a total of $75,000, is in custody, according to Catoosa County Sheriff's Office.

Miles was arrested by the Cherokee Indian Police Department in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Miles worked in the Tennessee Valley area as an independent insurance agent for Atlantic Coast Insurance Co. From June 2017 to July this year, he was working with Wilson Funeral Home, a family- owned funeral home that has locations in Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold, Chickamauga and LaFayette, Georgia.

Sheriff Gary Sisk said the sheriff's office was alerted to Miles' behavior about two weeks ago and has found seven cases of theft by deception and exploitation of an elderly person. There are about 28 more victims, the sheriff believes.

Both of the charges are felonies due to the amount allegedly stolen.

Sisk said Tuesday afternoon that he doesn't know exactly how the Cherokee Indian Police Department found Miles or what steps the department took to find him.

Sisk did say during the initial news conference on Aug. 9 that the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office knew Miles was in the Cherokee area on July 30.

The detective on the case, Tim Busby, had been in the area and the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office notified the Cherokee Indian Police Department about the information they had. Sisk said that played a role in Miles arrest.

Sisk also added that Miles was seen at Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino while in Cherokee.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Sisk said his department still had seven definitive cases but several people have come to the sheriff's office to visit about Miles and the case so more charges are on the horizon.

Miles was also still in Cherokee awaiting extradition back to Catoosa County.

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476.