For Immediate Release: June 19, 2013

Woman Arrested in Cumberland County for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Toleka Antoinette Crudup, 29, who has no known address; she was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Crudup submitted a fraudulent insurance claim to Omni Insurance Company in an attempt to obtain payment for injuries she allegedly sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Crudup was arrested June 18 in Cumberland County and placed under a $60,000 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 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.

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