For Immediate Release: July 28, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam or Kerry Hall: 919-807-6011

Pitt County Mother and Daughter Accused of Insurance Fraud

Investigators allege they submitted altered medical bills to claim benefits

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Jacqueline Leigh Cherry, 19, and Rebecca Cherry Stilley, 39, both of 100 Canyon Drive, Winterville. Both women were charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and two counts each of conspiracy.

Department investigators allege that in March and June, Cherry and her mother, Stilley, conspired with one another to alter medical bills and submit them to Farm Bureau Insurance Company. They received $1,264 as a result of these claims.

The documents submitted to the insurance company show Cherry received medical treatment for injuries stemming from two automobile accidents; the investigation alleged that the medical bills were phony and that Cherry had received no treatment from the medical facility on the dates provided.

Both women were processed at the Pitt County Detention Center and placed under a $20,000 secured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. To date in 2010, these criminal investigators have seen more than 165 cases successfully closed with more than $5.8 million in restitution and recoveries, 40 criminal convictions and more than 65 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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