Mississippi man arrested for allegedly trying to defraud cities over windshield damage
Published 10:09 pm Friday, June 7, 2019
A Canton man who allegedly attempted to defraud the cities of Brandon and Pearl was arrested Thursday on three felony counts of insurance fraud, Attorney General Jim Hood announced.
Rodriquez Sago, 43, was indicted by a Rankin County grand jury on charges that allege he filed false insurance claims that stated city workers who were landscaping city property caused several rocks to hit his windshield and damage it.
The indictment states the damage did not occur at the time he made the claim nor was the damage caused by the cities accused. Sago accused the City of Pearl for causing damages in June and July of 2017 and the City of Brandon in June 2018. He was booked into the Rankin County jail pending an initial appearance.
If convicted on all three counts, Sago faces up to nine years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Sago is a convicted felon on an unrelated murder charge in Holmes County.
This case was investigated by Justin Harris and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brad Oberhousen, both with the AG’s Public Integrity Division. The arresting agency was the Mississippi Department of Corrections.