DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
September 21, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Advance Woman Arrested on Charges of Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Heidi Michelle Flaherty, 37, 145 Idlewild Rd., Advance. According to the arrest warrant, Flaherty filed a fraudulent insurance claim stating that she lost two diamond rings, when she had actually pawned both rings at a pawn shop in Raleigh. The warrant further states that State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Company made a claims payment of $3861.55 to Flaherty.
Flaherty turned herself in late last week and was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. She was processed at the Granville County Sheriff's Department where she was 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 241 cases successfully closed with more than $9.7 million in restitution and recoveries, 67 criminal convictions and 123 arrests and 92 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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