DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
August 21, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Two Arrested in Alleged Staged Accident Ring; Third Suspect Remains At Large
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced he arrest of Mamie L. Jackson, 40, 3321 Tarleton East, Durham and Delton L. Dorty, Jr., 26, 100 Kent Lake Drive, Apartment 103, Durham. According to the arrest warrants, the couple staged several auto accidents and filed fraudulent insurance claims for vehicle damage and injuries stemming from the phony accidents.
An arrest warrant for one count of conspiracy has been issued for the arrest of Jackson's daughter, Tabytha Alyce Everett, 21, 1519 Glasgow St., Durham, who is accused of participating in the stated accident ring. Anyone with information about Everett's whereabouts should contact the Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.
Department investigators received a tip from insurance adjusters with Travelers Insurance Company who became suspicious when working on claims stemming from the accidents.
Jackson is charged with three counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, two counts of conspiracy and one count of obtaining an insurance policy by false pretense. Dorty is charged with two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and two counts of conspiracy. Jackson and Dorty are being held at the Durham County Sheriff's Department under a $20,000 secured bond and $15,000 secured bond, respectively.
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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