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Columbus women accused of statewide insurance fraud

Deanna Webster (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office) Deanna Webster (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)
Shantavia Stewart (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office) Shantavia Stewart (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)
Tamia Nicholas (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office) Tamia Nicholas (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)
Diana Moore (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office) Diana Moore (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)
Shaemeka Miller is wanted by authorities. (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office) Shaemeka Miller is wanted by authorities. (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

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FAYTETT COUNTY, GA  (WTVM) – News Leader 9 has learned the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office assisted several fire and law enforcement agencies in tracking down five women  connected to a suspicious insurance claims on mobile home fires in five different areas.

We are told on , March 8, 2011, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Taskforce, Henry County Fire Department, Columbus Fire Department, Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, and the Fort Valley Police Department arrested five people for an insurance fraud scheme. 

After at 7-month investigation, authorities arrested Deanna Webster, 22, of Columbus, Shantavia Stewart, 22, of Fort Valley, Ashley Simmons, 23, of Columbus, Tamia Nicholas, 23, of Columbus, and Diana Moore, 36, of Columbus.

They were arrested after a seven month investigation.

The first of the suspicious fires occurred at Shiloh Mobile Home Park in Fayette County in August of 2010.

Additional research revealed there were suspicious fires in other areas across the state.

Similar fires were found to have occurred at similar homes in Columbus, Kennesaw, Hampton and Locust Grove, GA.

All of the women are currently in the Fayette County Jail facing charges of racketeering.

Police and sheriff deputies are still looking for Shaemeka Miller, 23, of Columbus. If you have any information on her whereabouts, call police.

We are told the fire in Columbus happened on November 12 at 6012 Crystal Drive.  This was the home of Ashley Simmons.

Investigators tell us that additional arrests could be pending. 

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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