For Immediate Release: December 22, 2011

Greensboro Mother Arrested, Accused of Using Child in Fraudulent Injury Claims

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lakasha Delshone Evans, 37, of 2303 Phillips Avenue, Greensboro; she is charged with four counts of obtaining property by false pretense in Guilford County, and one count of obtaining property by false pretense in Rowan County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on several occasions - including one incident on Aug. 6, 2010 at a Greensboro Family Dollar Store - Evans instructed her children to claim that they had slipped and fallen on store premises, then asked the store management for monetary compensation. In the Aug. 6 incident, Evans obtained $550.00 from Family Dollar.

Evans was arrested in Greensboro Dec. 19 and held under a $75,000 secured 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 11,500 complaints, resulting in 550 arrests, 300 criminal convictions, and more than 115 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $47.6 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 the Web site for the N.C. Dept. of Insurance.