October 26, 2020

Man faces fraud charge for allegedly faking fall in Walmart

A Mississippi man has been charged with insurance fraud after investigators believe he faked a fall at a Mississippi Walmart store and sought to collect money from the store’s insurance company.

Laurel resident Bruce Edward Bayless, 69, was arraigned Wednesday following his indictment in June 2018 by a Jones County grand jury on one count of insurance fraud, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office announced Thursday.

The indictment states Bayles submitted false claims to Walmart that he accidentally slipped and fell when in fact it was not an accident but an act orchestrated by him. The defendant later attempted to collect money from the liability insurance for his alleged injuries.

The trial is set for June 3 in Jones County Circuit Court.

If convicted, Bayless faces up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines.