Worker's Compensation Board investigation leads to Cordele arrest
An investigation conducted by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation's Enforcement Division has led to the arrest of Jan Michelle Smith. According to Enforcement Division Director Stan Bexley, Smith was arrested on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, and transported to the Crisp County Detention Center where she has been charged with 2 (two) felony counts of "Giving False Information to a Government Entity" and 1 (one) count of filing a "False Report of a Crime. Smith, age 48, is a Crisp County resident and a former employee of Harvey's Supermarket in Cordele.
The Enforcement Division's investigation alleges that Jan Smith, while employed as a cashier at Harvey's grocery store, filed a police report on August 29, 2013 with the Cordele Police Department alleging she had been assaulted two days earlier by her supervisor while working. An investigation conducted by the Cordele Police Department determined no assault had occurred. As a result no charges were filed against the store supervisor.
The investigation also revealed that in conjunction with Smith filing a false report of an assault, she then filed a false claim for workers' compensation insurance benefits with Harvey's insurance carrier and subsequently filed a claim against Harvey's with the State Board of Workers' Compensation alleging she had been injured as a result of an assault occurring at work. Based on evidence obtained during the investigation conducted by the Board's Enforcement Division it was determined that Smith fabricated the allegations against the store supervisor and no assault ever occurred.
This case is still under an active investigation and additional charges of insurance fraud against Smith are pending.