For Immediate Release: April 16, 2013

Towing Bills Lead to Insurance Fraud Charges for Durham Couple

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Terry Louis Johnson, 29, and Sharonda Renee Taylor, 31, both of 14 Oakside Court, Durham. Both have been charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and felony conspiracy.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between March and December 2012, Johnson and Taylor submitted at least seven fraudulent vehicle towing invoices to MetLife Auto and Home Insurance for which they received $600.

Johnson and Taylor turned themselves in on April 10 in Warren County, and each was placed under a $2,500 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 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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