DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
June 9, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
919-807-6011
 
Adjuster Accused of Taking Client's Insurance Claims Payment
 
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Ashley C. Waddell, 39, 4610 Wending Lane, Greensboro. According to the investigation, Waddell, who owned International Loss Services in Greensboro, took $89,314.52 in insurance claims payments intended for her clients. Farmers Insurance Company originally issued the payment to Waddell's client for damage caused by a house fire in Wake County.
 
Waddell, a licensed public adjuster, is charged with felony embezzlement, obtaining property by false pretense and writing a worthless check. She was initially taken to Guilford County Detention Center and held under a $40,000 secured bond. Additional charges are pending.
 
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.
 
An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. 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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