UPDATE: Man accused of scamming $75K from elderly victims captured in North Carolina
UPDATE: The man accused of scamming $75,000 from elderly people has been captured.
The Catoosa County Sheriff says Kevin Miles took advantage of at least seven people and possibly 30 more by getting them to buy funeral insurance.
Miles is an insurance agent and convinced people to give him a check, leaving the 'pay to' part blank and apparently pocketing the payment in full.
Miles was arrested in Cherokee, North Carolina and is awaiting extradition to Catoosa County.
The Catoosa County Sheriff says Miles faces charges of theft by deception and financial exploitation of an elderly person.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Investigators in Catoosa County say Kevin Lee Miles took advantage of people during vulnerable times by getting them to buy funeral insurance.
Miles is an insurance agent and convinced elderly people to give him a check, leaving the 'pay to' part blank.
"He was pocketing the payment in full," said Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk.
Sheriff Sisk says the con artist took advantage of at least 7 people and possibly more than 30 others, which may be a low estimate.
"There is possibly some victims we don't know about just yet," said Sheriff Sisk.
Miles was a contracted insurance agent from Atlantic Coast Insurance Company working out of Wilson Funeral Home.
Wilson Funeral Homes released the following statement:
“We wish to make you aware of a press release made on August 9, 2019 by the Office of the Catoosa County Sheriff. A copy of that press release is attached, If you believe that you have been affected, we urge you to contact the Catoosa County Sheriffs Office as requested in the press release.
If you bought a pre-need insurance policy through the individual referenced in the attached press release, we suggest that you contact Atlantic Coast Insurance Company at your earliest convenience to confirm that your Pre-need policy is in good standing. Atlantic Coast Insurance Company contact numbers are 843-573-3025 for Whitney Feagin and 843-573-3052 for Charles Sanders,
Please be advised that Wilson Funeral Homes has been actively cooperating with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office since the time it first learned of this matter and rest assured that Wilson Funeral Homes will continue to conduct its business as it always has, with honesty and integrity.”
Sheriff Gary Sisk says most of Miles's victims were 65 years old and up.
"He was actually there selling prearrangement for people," Sisk said during a press conference.
Investigators say the scammer was selling insurance policies and pocketing the full payment.
"He was talking the people into leaving the 'paid to' area blank and actually putting his name on there," said Sisk.
Wilson Funeral Homes owns a few different chapels. The sheriff says Miles could have preyed on victims at each one.
"He was sending in to the insurance company a monthly payment insurance account and had his address on it. So, the accounts were going to his address," Sisk added.
The suspect is 41 years old, around 5'7” tall, with black hair and hazel eyes. Investigators say he has a stocky build.
"He should be pretty recognizable and is a very good talker," said Sisk.
Miles is still on the loose.
"We don't have any idea where he may be," Sisk said.
Investigators are asking the public to be on the lookout, hoping the deception ends here.
"He could still be obtaining victims, even to this point," Sisk concluded.
Investigators say if this man sold you a policy or you know where he might be, call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office at (706) 935-2424.
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PREVIOUS STORY: Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk released information about an ongoing investigation into suspect Kevin Lee Miles.
Miles is wanted on felony warrants for theft by deception and financial exploitation of an elderly person.
Seven victims have been confirmed, according to Sisk. Another thirty victims' claims are being investigated.
The value of the theft is over $75,000.
Sisk said Miles, representing Atlantic Coast Insurance Company of Charleston, SC would receive full payment for the policies but would keep money for his own use. Evidence shows he may have made some payments to the company, but later stopped making those payments, and the customers' accounts are now delinquent.
Miles was an independent contractor for the company, working out of Wilson Funeral Home selling funeral pre-arrangements from 2017-2019.
Wilson Funeral has locations in Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold, Chickamauga and LaFayette.
Sheriff Sisk's office said the public's assistance is needed to identifying other victims.
If you purchased a funeral pre-arrangement from Miles through the Atlantic Coast Insurance Company you should call the company to confirm your policy's status.
Anyone with information in this case or, who believes they may have been a victim should call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office at 706-935-2424.