For Immediate Release: June 24, 2011

Department of Insurance Investigation Leads to Halifax County Woman's Arrest

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Gloria Scott Richardson, 56, of 785 Delmar Road, Enfield; she is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of common law forgery.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that in February 2005, Richardson forged a policy holder name on a $10,000.00 whole life insurance policy with Settlers Life Insurance, for which she received approximately $178.91 in commission. Investigators allege that the person in whose name the policy was taken was unaware that a life insurance policy had been written in their name at the time of the incident.

With the assistance of Halifax County Sheriff's Office, Department of Insurance investigators arrested Richardson in Halifax County on June 23. She was processed at the Halifax County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $1,000 unsecured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 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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