May 17, 2021

Yates Insurance Fraud case on Heard Superior Court calendar next week

Yates Insurance (L) located in downtown Franklin

(Franklin, GA) — The State of Georgia may be moving closer to a resolution next week in the felony insurance fraud case against former Franklin Mayor Brad Yates.

The parties involved with the prosecution and defense in the case are scheduled to appear before Judge Dennis T. Blackmon next Tuesday, September 10 for a Calendar Call.

A Calendar Call is often the last court date before jury selection at trial. Judges typically use a Calendar Call hearing to determine whether a case is going to be resolved by plea or if it is ready to proceed to trial.

The former Mayor of Franklin was arrested on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and initially charged with 32 counts of felony Insurance Fraud along with one felony count of False Statements to a State Law Enforcement Agency.

Yates is the owner of the Yates Insurance Services located at 1778 Franklin Parkway.

It was an investigation conducted by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s Enforcement Division that led to the arrest.

According to the press release issued at the time by Enforcement Division Director Stan Bexley, the initial results of the investigation alleged that Yates fraudulently took premium dollars for workers’ compensation insurance policies that were never issued and instead issued his clients bogus certificates of insurance as proof that they had workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Michael Brad Yates

Yates was officially indicted by a grand jury in Heard County Superior Court on 30 counts of Insurance Fraud and one count of false statements on Sept 17, 2018.

Included in the indictment were 30 counts of Insurance Fraud (O.C.G.A. 33-1-9) and one count of Making a False Statement (O.C.G.A. 16-10-20).

The first 23 counts of Insurance Fraud allege that Yates did knowingly and did willfully issued fake certificates of insurance purporting contractors as having workers compensation insurance coverage.

Counts 23-29 on the indictment allege that Yates did knowingly and willfully receive monies from individuals/contractors for the purpose of purchasing insurance and converted said money to his own benefit, contrary to state law.

All of the charges of insurance fraud are alleged to have taken place between 2016-2017.

The final count on the indictment of Making False Statements alleges that Yates did knowingly and willfully make a false and fraudulent statement and representation to state investigators on October 12, 2017 by denying he had produced any other certificate of insurance related to the workers compensation coverage for one of the contractors.

Yates was released from the Heard County jail on $165,000 bond on December 6, 2017 and customers indicate Yates Insurance has remained open for business.

The Heard County Courthouse is still undergoing a remodel so the case will be heard on Tuesday in the Franklin City Hall courtroom.

Stay tuned to next week for further updates as they become available.

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