DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
August 20, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Woman Accused of Auto Give-up
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Shamea V. Hayes, 28, 153 Hwy. 42, Powellsville. According to the arrest warrant, Hayes submitted a claim to Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company for the theft of her 2005 Lexus 300 SUV. Farm Bureau paid her $18, 711 for the car, which she claimed was stolen in Norfolk, Va. while she was attending the Afr'Am Festival; according to the arrest warrant, the car was found in Durham. Farm Bureau became suspicious during the claims process and contacted the Department's Criminal Investigations Division.
Hayes is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of insurance fraud. She was processed by the Bertie County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond.
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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