For Immediate Release: August 28, 2012

Department of Insurance Investigates Alleged Staged Accident Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Shacoria Vontravia Crawford, 24, of 1801 Griers Road, Apt. E, Charlotte; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and making a false report to a police station, and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

On July 8, Crawford and Kaleena Lavonda Moore reported a traffic accident with no injuries to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Both drivers later filed insurance claims with Universal Insurance Company for injuries to the children that were allegedly in their vehicles, and Moore filed a claim for damage to her vehicle.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Crawford and Moore of intentionally causing their vehicles to collide multiple times to create visible damage in an attempt to fraudulently obtain insurance payments.

Crawford was arrested on Aug. 23 by the N.C. State Highway Patrol during an unrelated traffic stop; she was placed under a $13,500 secured bond in Mecklenburg County.

Investigators are still seeking Kaleena Lavonda Moore, 24, of 1827 Griers Grove Road, Apt. B, Charlotte, on multiple charges associated with the investigation. If you know of Moore’s whereabouts, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.

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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