For Immediate Release: March 9, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Roxboro Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Julia A. Clay, 40, 41 Hutch Lane, Roxboro; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department investigators allege that Clay filed a police report with the Person County Sheriff's Office stating that four 24-inch wheels and tires, a speaker box and two 12-inch speakers were stolen from her shed. According to the arrest warrant, Clay filed a false theft claim to N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance Company and received $2,895.46 for a loss that did not occur.

Clay was processed at the Person County Sheriff's Office and released on a written promise to appear. N.C. Farm Bureau contacted the Department's Criminal Investigations Division with suspicions of fraud, and the Person County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation and arrest.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2009, these criminal investigators saw more than 413 cases successfully closed with more than $10.5 million in restitution and recoveries, 89 criminal convictions and 175 arrests.

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 Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous.