DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
October 15, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Three More Arrested in Connection with Staged Accident Ring
All seven arrested after two-year joint investigation
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Barbara Mercedes Thompson, 29, and Derrick Devon Thompson, 30, both of 361 Pinwheel Circle, Lumberton and Dormaine K. Baker, 34, 970 Benson Chapel Road, Rowland. This brings the total number of arrests in the Rowland Staged Accident Ring to seven. Investigators allege that Barbara and Derrick Thompson and Dormaine Baker were all involved in a traffic crash in July 2006 and that all three conspired to submit false medical bills to AIG, Inc. The company paid out approximately $21,000 for the July accident to members of this staged accident ring.
All three arrested are charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. They were processed at the Robeson County magistrate's office and placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond. Chassa Marie Blue, Eboni Adelle Moore, Matthew Solomon Green and Diedra Joann Werrell, all of Rowland, and allegedly the same staged accident ring were arrested in August. Investigators allege 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. These 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 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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