Dana Bowen Sentenced to 25 Years for Insurance Fraud
A woman who made the news in Douglas and Coffee County last year for using her attorney’s cell phone while she was behind bars in the Coffee County Jail was sentenced to 25 years last week (18 months in confinement, one year being served in prison, and 23-and-a-half years on probation) by Superior Court Judge Dwayne Gillis.
Dana Larson Bowen, 53, pled guilty to three counts of failure to report insurance premiums, two counts of felony insurance fraud, and one count of felony perjury. Bowen was accused of “specifically knowingly and willfully making fraudulent statements or representations to insurance companies, knowingly and willfully creating and submitting false certificates of insurance or insurance binders, and knowingly and willfully receiving money for the purpose of purchasing insurance and converting such money to her own use without providing the amount of insurance to customers that the customer had paid Bowen for.”
Bowen made the local news in July 2018 after Bacon County-based attorney Kenneth Futch was caught allowing Bowen (one of his clients at the time) to use his cell phone during a visit between the two. Bowen was being held here in Coffee County for Pierce County after she was arrested and charged with 30 total counts. Bowen, the daughter of Blackshear Mayor Dick Larson, was the owner and operator of an insurance agency in Blackshear, and she is alleged to have kept all or at least portions of her clients’ insurance premiums, leading to her arrest on the multiple counts of Insurance Fraud. She was also charged with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana at the time of the arrest.
Bowen was also sentenced to a $3,500 fine and restitution to her victims capped at a maximum of $100,000. She has also been banished from multiple counties, including Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware counties for 24 years.