For Immediate Release: June 28, 2011

Department of Insurance Investigation Leads to Arrest of Robeson County Woman

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Keion Danyel McPhaul, 35, of 1026 Dial Road, Red Springs; she is charged with three counts of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that McPhaul obtained $2,476.12 by filing fraudulent or exaggerated vandalism claims involving her 2008 Pontiac G6 with three insurance companies. Investigators allege that between January 2010 and March 2011, McPhaul purchased an auto insurance policy with Peak Property and Casualty Insurance, then switched her coverage to Integon National Select, and later to Peak Property and Casualty Insurance, filing fraudulent vandalism claims with all three companies without repairing the vehicle.

McPhaul was arrested on June 27 and was placed under a $7,500.00 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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