Fraud fighting

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Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator Shawn Walters (shown here on the right) received the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program’s 2015 Fraud Fighters Award last month — as did Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff. Both were cited for their efforts to fight insurance fraud, including Walters’ investigation of a fraudulent insurance claim reporting an allegedly stolen mower in 2014 which Goff prosecuted in March, obtaining guilty pleas to two felonies and the court’s order to pay $6,559 in restitution to the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Co. — which had paid a claim for a mower that, Walters found, did not exist.

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