For Immediate Release: November 30, 2012

Vance County Woman Arrested for Alleged Accident Scam

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Cassandra F. Alexander, 36, 877 Lamb St., Henderson; she is charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on March 11, 2012, Alexander witnessed a traffic accident in Henderson, knew one of the drivers involved, and jumped into the vehicle before the police arrived. Investigators allege that she then filed a fraudulent claim with Nationwide Insurance Company for medical expenses incurred during the accident.

Alexander was arrested on Nov. 29 in Vance County and placed under a $5,000 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 14,000 complaints, resulting in more than 600 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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