For Immediate Release: November 24, 2010

Durham Woman Accused of Altering Document for Insurance Money

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Inetta Johnson Strudwick, 51, of 419 Edward St., Durham. She is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and forgery.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Strudwick altered dates on a form to file a fraudulent claim on a credit disability policy through Merit Life Insurance Company. As a result of the claim, Merit Life paid Strudwick $801.60 between Dec. 3, 2009, and March 16, 2010.

Strudwick was arrested in Durham on Nov. 21 and placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. So far in 2010, these criminal investigators have seen more than 362 cases successfully closed with more than $20.4 million in restitution and recoveries, 71 criminal convictions and 111 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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