Columbus insurance agent charged with insurance fraud

If you have bought insurance from Pollyanna Johnson, you might not have insurance at all.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine announced this morning that Johnson has been charged with three counts of insurance fraud.

"She was taking premiums paid to her for property and taxicab liability and pocketing the money instead of forwarding the payments to an insurance company," Oxendine said.

Johnson, 38, who is now being sought in New Hampshire, is part owner of Action Auto Insurance Agency in Columbus but Oxendine said that Johnson appears to be the lone problem and that what she was doing was not known by others in the agency. He said Action Auto has cooperated with his office and that of Muscogee County Sheriff Ralph Johnson in every way.

The investigation into Johnson's business practices has been conducted over the last six months and she is alleged to have defrauded at least $200,000 from her clients.

Three organizations have been identified as victims of Johnson, who is also co-owner of Cabina-America, a risk retention group based in Washington, D.C.

They are the Top Dawg Taxi and Transportation of Athens, Ga., the Columbus Firefighters Association and the A-Cab Company of Phenix City, Ala.

Oxendine said he believes there are probably more victims and they should call 1-800-656-2298 with complaints. "Our investigation into these crimes is continuing," he said.