State Charges Couple With Insurance Fraud Over $15K Engagement Ring

October 26, 2015

A Cantonment man and his former fiancee have been charged with insurance fraud by the state for alleged false claims over a custom-made engagement ring.

Zian Scott Snyder, 29, and Alicia Maria Hill, 26, were charged with scheme to defraud, insurance fraud, grand theft, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud by the  Florida Division of Insurance Fraud. Both were released from the Escambia County Jail on $15,000 bond each. Snyder was also charged with petit theft and burglary by Pensacola Police.

According to arrest affidavit, the couple filed a false claim on a $15,000 ring  that Hill claimed she lost swimming in the Gulf and was also recorded claiming she lost the ring on a boat in the Gulf.

Four days after filing the claim with an insurance company, Hill entered the Ft. Walton Beach Marks and Morgan Jewelry store to have the ring repaired, a different store location that where the ring was purchased on a finance plan. The custom-made ring was identified by photographs taken at the Ft. Walton Beach store.

About the time the insurance claim was made, a jewelry store manager told authorities she witnessed the ring for sale on Craig’s List, and she was positive it was the ring in question because she had custom made the ring herself. She said the couple changed their story about the ring being stolen, saying it had been ate by a dog and later recovered.

The couple ended  their relationship, but  Snyder then burglarized Hill’s home, stealing back the ring, according to Pensacola Police.

About a month later, Hill called the insurance company to report that the ring had been recovered, with the insurance company telling her that the ring or the check must be returned. Three days later, according to investigators, she reported that it was actually a different ring that was recovered.

The insurance company told state investigators that neither the ring or insurance proceeds were ever returned.


7 Responses to “State Charges Couple With Insurance Fraud Over $15K Engagement Ring”

  1. Bob's Brother on October 26th, 2015 10:18 pm

    Wow… can I buy the movie rights? Drama thugs.

  2. Honest John on October 26th, 2015 2:40 pm

    Somebody needs to take that story to Hollywood !

  3. jeeperman on October 26th, 2015 11:42 am

    And we wonder why insurance is so high.

    If not for “the right” jewelry store person browsing ads (at the right time) for rings on CL, they likely would have gotten away with this scheme.

    This article just shows there is very little chance of getting caught.

  4. mick on October 26th, 2015 9:05 am

    Hopefully they will get back together and have a nice prison wedding!!

  5. 429SCJ on October 26th, 2015 7:03 am

    Odd, for a couple to engage in such behavior?

    Not in this day and age. Nothing is sacred anymore.

  6. traumaqueen on October 26th, 2015 7:01 am

    Gosh!! My head hurts just reading this story.

  7. Good Grief on October 26th, 2015 5:36 am

    What tangled webs we weave…

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