For Immediate Release: February 1, 2012

Cabarrus County Woman Arrested in Alleged Insurance Overpayment Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tanisha Lozada, 25, of 3120-K Patrick Henry Drive, Concord; she is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators allege that in June 2011, Lozada was treated by Carolinas Healthcare System for minor injuries from a car accident. Farm Bureau Insurance overpaid CHS in the amount of $2,010.73, which was owed to Lozada. Investigators allege that Lozada crafted a fraudulent letter on fake Farm Bureau letterhead and faxed it to CHS with instructions to send the overpayment directly to her. Farm Bureau was unaware of this and also issued Lozada a check for $2,010.73, effectively paying her twice.

Lozada was arrested on Jan. 31 by the U.S. Secret Service Charlotte Office and the Concord Police Department, who served her with five additional warrants. Lozada is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail on a $200,000 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 2009, criminal investigators have received more than 13,500 complaints, resulting in 575 arrests, 320 criminal convictions, and more than 109 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $47.9 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 on the Department of Insurance website.

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