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2 NE Tennessee men indicted in alleged $28K insurance fraud, arson scheme

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Apr 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — Two Surgoinsville men charged in an arson and insurance fraud scheme dating back to 2012 were indicted Monday by the Hawkins County Grand Jury.

Michael S. Caldwell, 39, 1985 Longs Bend Road, Surgoinsville, and Brandon Eugene Frost, 28, 103 Forest View Drive, Surgoinsville, were arrested in February in connection with a 2012 scheme to "get rid" of a 2007 Chevy Tahoe which later resulted in a $28,054 insurance settlement.

On Monday the grand jury indicted them both on charges including felony filing a false report, insurance fraud, and arson. Frost was additionally charged with burglary, and theft over $1,000 in an unrelated case.

Caldwell reported the Tahoe stolen via telephone call to the Surgoinsville Police Department on Sept. 14, 2012 while Caldwell was at a car show in Gatlinburg.He told police he'd received a call from an employee of a auto repair shop he owned at the time telling him his Tahoe was missing.

Read more on the case with our partners at the Kingsport Times-News.

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