For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Enfield Woman Arrested in Alleged Insurance Fraud Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Angie Lee Jones, 59, 203 S.E. Railroad Street, Enfield; she was charged with three counts obtaining property by false pretense and two counts of insurance fraud.

According to the arrest warrants, Jones received a total of $2,952.48 in insurance claims payments from GMAC Insurance Company for three false vehicle damage claims. Department investigators allege that between October 2008 and September 2009, Jones filed three insurance claims that fraudulently stated she was involved in two vehicle crashes and was a victim of vandalism. Investigators further allege that the same vehicle damage was used in each claim.

Jones was processed at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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