Not less than six of the 21 prison expenses in opposition to native insurance coverage agent and Glynn County Commissioner Bob Coleman might be confirmed factually inaccurate, in response to Coleman’s protection legal professional.
Each Bob Coleman and his spouse, Sherry, had been charged by a Glynn County grand jury in January with 15 counts of felony violation of the Georgia Insurance coverage Code — 5 counts of insurance coverage fraud and 9 counts of violating the Georgia Insurance coverage Code’s reporting and disposition of premium requirement.
Six further expenses in opposition to Bob Coleman got here in June, two counts of insurance coverage fraud and 4 of violating the Georgia Insurance coverage Code’s reporting and disposition of premium requirement.
Each Colemans have denied all allegations in opposition to them.
Alan Tucker, with Tucker & Browning Regulation, stated at a Monday motions listening to within the case that the Colemans saved documentation that disproves these six further expenses.
On the listening to, he and Brunswick Judicial Circuit Assistant District Legal professional Robert German cross-examined Doug Williams, a prison investigator for the State Board of Staff’ Compensation
At situation was a recording of an interview Williams carried out with Bob Coleman within the meals court docket of the Glynn Place Mall on Oct. 25, 2018.
Tucker held that it was immaterial and shouldn’t be accepted into the court docket file. German stated it contained loads of info related to the case.
German was within the content material of the recording, which Williams stated included a dialogue of “the way it (Coleman Insurance coverage) operated and what its common practices and procedures had been.”
Moreover, the recording accommodates some feedback Bob Coleman made about “issues Sherry (Coleman) could not have finished accurately” and about paying some individuals again, he stated.
Tucker, nonetheless, used the chance to ascertain that on the time of the assembly Williams couldn’t have identified in regards to the allegations that may result in the six later indictments, and as such the recording was not materials and ought to be excluded from the court docket file.
4 of the indictments resulted from allegations by Robert Gary Jr., who accused the Colemans of taking three funds for householders insurance coverage and pocketing the cash.
The Colemans did take the cash, however later returned it, in response to Tucker, they usually have the “paper path” to show it.
The opposite two expenses had been primarily based on allegations made by William Daniel Wilson, who claimed Bob Coleman took a verify for staff’ compensation insurance coverage however didn’t procure stated protection and transformed the cash to his profit.
In accordance with Tucker, nonetheless, the verify had not been written for staff’ comp however common legal responsibility insurance coverage for Mack’s Bar-be-cue — a restaurant in Sterling. Tucker claimed that Wilson did get his insurance coverage protection however didn’t sustain with funds, leading to its cancellation.
The Colemans had documentation to show each units of allegations false on a factual foundation, he stated. As such, the enterprise practices employed by Coleman Insurance coverage Company had been irrelevant to the six indictments.
German countered, saying the interview could be essential to place the state’s case in opposition to the Colemans in context.
All feedback made within the interview had been made from Coleman’s personal volition, “free and clear,” German stated. He additionally referenced the primary 15-count indictment, the allegations of which Williams would have identified about on the time of the interview.
“To say the state is restricted to solely statements regarding new proof just isn’t in keeping with state legislation,” German stated.
Visiting Superior Courtroom Choose David Cavender, who took the case in spite of everything 5 Glynn County Superior Courtroom judges recused themselves, stated he was leaning within the state’s favor however that he wouldn’t make a ruling immediately.
A jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 18.