For Immediate Release: August 15, 2011

Alleged Disability Fraud Leads to Mecklenburg County Arrest

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Crystal Beasley Walker, 39, of 3328 Crutchfield Place, Charlotte; she is charged with six counts of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between March and December 2009, Walker filed six altered or fraudulent "Continuation of Disability" claims with Aflac Insurance and was paid an undisclosed amount of funds. Aflac Insurance's Special Investigations Unit alerted the Department of Insurance to the possibly fraudulent claims, and an investigation was launched by the NCDOI Criminal Investigations Division.

Walker was arrested on Aug. 12 in Mecklenburg County and placed under an $8,500 secured 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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