The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Woman arrested after fraud investigation

  • Kimberly Ann Ison (41) of Heber Springs faces multiple felony charges after an insurance fraud investigation
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  • On June 11th, Kimberly Ann Ison (41) of Heber Springs was arrested for allegedly committing insurance fraud.
    According to the affidavit from the Cleburne County Circuit Clerk’s Office, on December 3rd of last year, Mike Shamoon with Arkansas Game & Fish and Special Agent Mike McNeill of the Arkansas State Police discovered and outboard motor on a party barge at Shiloh Marina belonging to Kimberly Ison/Dam Site Marina that appeared to have the external serial number plate removed. Shamoon and McNeill then proceeded to Dam Site Marina where they discovered another motor that also had a missing external serial number.
    “It should be noted that Suzuki serial number plates are externally fastened to the motors using two (2) rivets and can only be removed with the specific intention to do so,” said Agent McNeil in the affidavit.
    Four days later, they conducted further inspection on the motors in question and discovered the secondary serial numbers on the freeze plugs had been “intentionally mutilated”, making serial number identification impossible on the motors.
    On December 19th, Arkansas State Crime Lab requested the assistance of a local wrecker service to assist with attempting to identify the numbers from the freeze plugs. The investigation was able to retrieve those numbers and identified the motors as two that had been reported stolen by Ison in 2009.
    Ison made a report to Greers Ferry Police in 2009 alleging these motors were missing. In the police report Ison stated that “she personally looked at every item on the lot and did an inventory search on the computer as well with no luck.”
    Ison also reported the alleged missing inventory to her insurance company, making a claim for $93,387.10. At that time, Ison is alleged to have pointed suspicion at an employee as the potential culprit in the crime.
    After discovering the motors at Dam Site Marina and Shiloh Marina and determining they were those reported by Ison as missing to the police and the insurance agency, Arkansas State Police placed Ison under arrest.
    Ison has been charged with theft of property, insurance fraud, mutilation of boating ID numbers (2 counts), and filing a false report. All charges are felonies. She was released on a $10,000 bond.
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