Employers in and around Charlton County who have purchased workers’ compensation insurance through Risi Insurance have been advised to confirm their policy by calling the State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s Coverage Unit or by going to the State Board’s insurance coverage verification database.
Following an investigation by the State Board’s Enforcement Division, James “Jim” Risi, owner of Risi Insurance – an insurance agency with offices in Brunswick, Folkston, Jesup, and Nahunta, Georgia – was arrested and charged with four counts of felony insurance fraud. According to reports, the investigation revealed that on four separate occasions, Risi took money from customers on the pretext of obtaining workers’ compensation insurance and then issued bogus Certificates of Insurance as “proof” of coverage.
Concerned that others may have been defrauded by Risi, Stan Bexley, the Enforcement Division’s Executive Director, recently put out the following statement:
Anyone in the Folkston/Charlton County area who has purchased workers’ compensation insurance through the Risi Agency should confirm the policy by either going to the workers’ compensation board website or calling the board’s coverage unit. If coverage cannot be confirmed, please file a complaint with our agency.
Bexley also stated that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges are anticipated.
According to its website, the Enforcement Division’s primary goal is to “educate[ ] and assist[ ] businesses, medical providers and others who are involved in workers’ compensation to achieve a climate which will assure that legitimately injured workers receive benefits allowable under Workers’ Compensation Law.”