For Immediate Release: September 16, 2011

Rocky Mount Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Brenda L. Battle, 49, of 4632 Boseman Road, Rocky Mount; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on June 2, 2005, Battle filed a claim with Broadspire Insurance Company after stating that she injured her ankle and leg in a fall at a Rocky Mount business. Investigators allege that on the same date, Battle filed another claim with Nationwide Insurance Company, stating that she injured her ankle and leg while getting into an automobile. Nationwide paid out approximately $1,000 for that claim. The Broadspire claim was not processed.

Battle was arrested Sept. 15, processed at the Nash County Sheriff's Office, and was placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2008, criminal investigators have received more than 11,000 complaints resulting in 505 arrests, 286 criminal convictions, and more than 100 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $44 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.

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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