For Immediate Release: April 15, 2013

Four Arrested in Alleged Alamance County Staged Accident Scam

Two others wanted for suspected insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of four people in an insurance fraud scheme involving a staged auto accident in Alamance County. The Department of Insurance requests assistance from the public in locating two additional suspects.

Kendra Shanell Clark, 25, of 2010 Morningside Drive, Burlington, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud. Clark was placed under a $10,002 unsecured bond.

Chimiqua Chantel Crisp, 21, of 1106 Rauhut St., Burlington, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud. Crisp was placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Shanquandra Nicole Dearmon, 20, of 606 Center Ave., Burlington, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud. Dearmon was placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Monica L. Jones, 31, of 625 Acorn St., Burlington, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud. Jones was placed under a $10,002 unsecured bond.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the defendants conspired to defraud GMAC Insurance Company of several thousand dollars by submitting fraudulent documentation in support of insurance claims for injuries and property damage caused by a staged motor vehicle accident.

Investigators are seeking two additional suspects in association with this case. They are:

Kimberly Haith, 22, of 1005 Lincoln St., Greensboro, is wanted for one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud.

Francessca Marie Tapp, 23, of 614 N. Mebane St., Burlington, is wanted for one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud.

Criminal investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Haith and Tapp. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the North Carolina 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 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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