Couple Pleads NOT Guilty to Insurance Fraud

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A former Shreveport police officer and his wife have pleaded NOT guilty to charges they altered a police report. Ronald Small and his wife, Tracey, entered the plea through their attorney, Ron Miciotto.

Both are 39 years old and were arrested in January on one count each of felony insurance fraud and injuring public record for reportedly changing the times on an accident report.

Authorities say Tracey Small's insurance lapsed and was canceled December eighth due to nonpayment. On December 11th, her 2005 Chevy Equinox was hit by a vehicle that reportedly ran a stop sign.

Tracey Small called the insurance company and paid the premium after the crash. Ronald Small later contacted the officer who responded to the accident and had the time on the original report moved up two hours to show the vehicle was covered at the time of the incident.

Small, who had been with the police department since March 2002, resigned after posting bond. The other officer was not charged but was disciplined by the Shreveport Police Department.

The couple is set to appear in court May 11th for arguments and hearings.

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