For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Williamston Woman Arrested in Alleged Insurance Fraud Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tina Renee Cherry, 31, 1047 Fannie Lane, Williamston; she was charged with four counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

According to the arrest warrants, Cherry received a total of $5,765.81 in insurance claims payments from Allstate Insurance Company for four fraudulent vehicle vandalism claims. Department criminal investigators allege that the same damage was used in each claim filed and the alleged phony claims were filed from October 2009 to January 2010.

Cherry was processed at the Martin 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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