For Immediate Release: March 14, 2013

Surry County Mother and Son Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Jackson Del Simpson, 19, of 113 Copeland School Road, Dobson; and Joy Michelle Simpson, 44, of 221 Mayberry Ave., Mount Airy. Both have been charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance investigators allege that Jackson Simpson and his mother, Joy Simpson, defrauded Progressive Southeastern Insurance Company of $6,924.65 by submitting a false claim that their motorcycle had been stolen on July 12, 2012. Investigators accuse Joy Simpson of arranging to have the motorcycle moved to a Stokes County residence on the day it was reported stolen. Acting on a tip that the vehicle had not actually been stolen, local law enforcement recovered the motorcycle on Oct. 14, 2012, and notified the insurance company.

Jackson Simpson was arrested on March 11 at the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and placed under a $1,000 secured bond. Joy Simpson was arrested on Feb. 25 at the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and released on 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 16,800 complaints, resulting in 720 arrests and 380 criminal convictions. These efforts have delivered more than $50 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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