Dean Grant

The scope of an ongoing local and state criminal investigation against the owner of a Milledgeville financial advisory business was made clearer when multiple warrants were viewed Tuesday by The Union-Recorder.

The warrants, taken out last Friday against 53-year-old Dean Harrison Grant by Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office Special Agent Jason S. Jones, reveal that nearly $600,000 was taken from three victims in Baldwin County. The nine warrants were issued by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda H. Trammell, records show.

Nearly $450,000 of that sum reportedly involved elderly victims, authorities say.

The initial investigation into the case was begun following a complaint that was filed with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in November 2017, said Detective Capt. Brad King, who heads the sheriff’s office criminal investigations division. The probe later led to assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Region 6 Office in Milledgeville and then passed on to the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office in Atlanta.

Grant turned himself in to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding criminal warrants Monday morning, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee.

The suspect, who reportedly lives sometimes in Milledgeville and other times at a home in the Roswell area, is the founder and owner of GFG Strategic Advisors, which was formerly located on Log Cabin Road, but later moved to 136 W. McIntosh St. — Suite A — in downtown Milledgeville, authorities said.

“Grant is accused of receiving a total of $589,384.33 from his three victims for him to secure insurance related investments, $447,589.26 of which was taken from two elderly customers,” according to a press release Tuesday from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office. “He (Grant) did not obtain any insurance investments with the money he received from his customers, and instead used it for personal benefit.”

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck, meanwhile, in that same press release issued the following statement:

“If you have purchased any sort of insurance product or service with Dean Harrison Grant and find that you do not have coverage, I strongly recommend that you call the Department’s Consumer Hotline at 800-656-2298,” Beck said.

Warrants charge Grant with three counts of insurance fraud, three counts of theft by taking by fiduciary, one count of forgery in the first degree, and two counts of trafficking a disabled adult or elder person or resident.

A fiduciary is a person who acts on behalf of another person, or persons to manage assets. 

Each of the nine warrants filed against Grant are felonies, authorities said.

Copies of the warrants were viewed by the newspaper Tuesday morning at the local sheriff’s office. 

The warrants specifically accuse Grant of the following:

  • Between the hours of 8 a.m. on Oct 25, 2011, and 5 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2011, “the accused did commit the offense of trafficking of an elder person by causing financial harm to an elder person.”
  • A second warrant for the same offense of trafficking of an elder person, accuses the suspect between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 16, 2011.
  • On the charges of theft by taking fudiciary, the warrants accuse Grant of between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2012, did commit the offense “when he unlawfully appropriated $141,795.07 with the intention of depriving the victim of the monies.”
  • On a second count of theft by taking fudiciary, Jones contends that between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2011, “the accused did commit the offense of theft by taking fudiciary when he unlawfully appropriated $225,000 with the intention of depriving the victim of the monies.”
  • On a third count of theft by taking fudiciary, between the hours of 8 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2011, and 5 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2011, “the accused did commit the offense of theft by taking fudiciary when he unlawfully appropriated $222,589.26 with the intention of depriving the victim of the monies.”
  • The forgery in the first degree warrant, meanwhile, charges the suspect with the offense between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 16, 2017, “the accused did commit the offense of forgery in the first degree when he with the intent to defraud, knowingly made a writing in the name of American General in such manner that the writing as made purports to have been made by another person.”
  • The other three charges against Grant are all related to insurance fraud.
  • One of the warrants charge that the suspect between the hours of 8 a.m. on June 16, 2011 and 5 p.m. on June 16, 2011, “the accused did commit the offense of insurance fraud when he received money for the purpose of purchasing insurance and converts such money, $225,000 to such person’s own benefit.”
  • A second such charge accuses Grant of between the hours of 8 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2011 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2011, “the accused did commit the offense of insurance fraud when he received money for the purpose of purchasing insurance and converts such money, $222,589.26 to such person’s own benefit.”
  • A third such charge accuses Grant of between the hours of 8 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2012 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2012, “the accused did commit the offense of insurance fraud when he received money for the purpose of purchasing insurance and converts such money, $141,795.07 to such person’s own benefit.”  

Each of the nine alleged crimes reportedly happened at Grant’s business, located at 136 W, McIntosh St., Suite A, in Milledgeville, the warrants reveal.

Grant remained jailed at the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday afternoon. No bond had been set in the case as of that time, according to a jail spokeswoman.

GFG Strategic Advisors offers the following services, according to the state insurance commissioner’s office: estate planning, business continuation, retirement planning, life insurance, financial planning, charitable giving, disability/long-term care, and executive benefits.

Insurance fraud is a felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years or by a fine of up to $10,000, or both, according to the insurance commissioner’s office. Anyone who suspects insurance fraud should call the Georgia Department of Insurance Fraud Unit at 800-656-2298. Calls will remain anonymous.

Persons may also call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 478-445-5102.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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