A former Winder businessman and his son were arrested last week for allegedly conspiring to commit insurance fraud. Leonard Monroe McCoy Jr., 52, who until recently owned My Heating & Air Guy Inc. at 165 W. Athens St. in Winder, and Michael Leonard McCoy, 26, of Jacksonville, Fla., turned themselves in at the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office on March 18, nine days after warrants were issued for their arrests. According to the sheriff’s office, they were each released on a $25,000 bond.
The warrants were requested by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
A criminal investigator for the board wrote on the March 9 warrants that the father and son conspired to add the son’s business, MCI Landscape and Tree Service, onto the workers’ compensation policy of his father’s business.
The investigator said the alleged conspiracy was an attempt not only to defraud another business into believing the younger McCoy had workers’ compensation insurance but also to defraud the insurance company that had been providing coverage for the father’s business.
The alleged crime occurred at the Winder business on July 21, 2008, the warrants state.
Leonard McCoy’s business has been closed for a few months, according to the state agency.