For Immediate Release: August 22, 2012

Nash County Woman Arrested After Allegedly Accepting Double Settlement Funds

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Shantell Nicole Battle, 24, of 4920 Baker Road, Nashville; she is charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

In April 2012, Battle filed a $1,266.88 claim with her insurance company, Universal Insurance, after her vehicle was damaged in an accident while it was parked and unoccupied in a Nash County parking lot. Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Battle also accepted money from the other driver, who gave her $600 out-of-pocket without knowing Battle had already filed a claim with her insurance company.

Battle was arrested on Aug. 21 with the assistance of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and released under a written promise to appear in court.

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 14,000 complaints, resulting in 602 arrests, 333 criminal convictions and more than 110 pending court cases. These efforts have delivered more than $48.5 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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