DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
August 18, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
919-807-6011
 
Four Arrested in Staged Accident Ring
 
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Chassa Marie Blue, 30, 1624 Tom M Road, Rowland; Eboni Adelle Moore, 32, 206 Jersei Road, Rowland; Matthew Solomon Green, 23, 301 N Hickory St., Rowland, and Diedra Joann Werrell, 27, 182 Piedmont Dr., Rowland. According to investigators, all four were involved in six staged traffic crashes and then created fake medical bills and lost wage documents that ultimately netted them more than $115,000.
 
Blue, Moore, Green and Werrell are all charged with federal conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. They voluntarily surrendered to authorities at the federal courthouse in Raleigh. All were released pending trial. Further charges and arrests are expected. The arrests came after a two-year joint investigation between the FBI and DOI-Criminal Investigations Division. Rowland Police Department assisted in the investigation.
 
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. So far in 2009, these criminal investigators have seen more than 174 cases successfully closed with more than $8.6 million in restitution and recoveries, 47 criminal convictions and 86 arrests and 75 cases pending in court.
 
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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