For Immediate Release: March 10, 2011

Raleigh Woman Accused of Making False Stolen Vehicle Claim, Arrested For Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Nadine Outlaw Williams, 38, of 4401 Viewmont Drive, Raleigh; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Williams of making a false claim to Nationwide Insurance on Feb. 12, 2009, stating that her vehicle had been stolen from the driveway of her home. She also filed a stolen vehicle report with the Raleigh Police Department. As a result, Nationwide Insurance Company paid Sovereign Bank a total of $15,830.03 for the vehicle.

Investigators allege that Williams had actually given the 2006 Ford Expedition to a family friend with the agreement that he would make the monthly payments on the vehicle.

Williams was arrested on March 10 and placed under a $3,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 11.

The Department of Insurance employs 21 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2010, these criminal investigators successfully closed 402 cases and made 126 arrests, leading to 88 criminal convictions. These resulted in more than $21.1 million in restitution and recoveries-more than double the dollar amount from the previous year and a record for NCDOI.

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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