For Immediate Release: May 23, 2013
Charlotte Woman Accused of Filing Fraudulent Claim on Uninsured Vehicle
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Shanikwa Lakengie Miller, 35, of 6830 Old Castle Court, Charlotte; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that immediately following a single vehicle accident involving her uninsured 1994 Toyota 4Runner on June 31, 2012, Miller added the vehicle to her existing Traveler’s Insurance policy and filed a claim for which she was paid $3,814.13.
Miller turned herself in to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office on May 21 and 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 18,600 complaints, resulting in 800 arrests and 430 criminal convictions. These efforts have delivered more than $55 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.