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Feb. 26, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Greenville Woman Arrested After Four Months in Hiding
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Latrisha Yvette Godley, 31, 2332 Springhill Road, Greenville, after nearly four months of evading authorities. According to investigators, on July 29, 2008, Godley's daughter took her car without her knowledge and while driving it, hit a concrete post. Godley had no insurance at the time of the wreck, but obtained coverage from Allstate Insurance Company a few days later. According to the arrest warrant, Godley then submitted a claim for damages to the car totaling more than $3,000 and claimed that the wreck occurred on Aug. 1, 2008.
Acting on a tip from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau, DOI investigators looked into the allegations and obtained a warrant for Godley in November 2008. She is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of insurance fraud. At the time of her arrest, Godley also had several, unrelated fraud charges. She is currently being held under a $2.4 million secured bond.
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2008, these investigators saw more than 453 cases successfully closed with more than $5.8 million in restitution and recoveries, 60 criminal convictions and 130 arrests.
To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Investigations Division at (919) 807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at the NC-DOI Web site.
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