For Immediate Release: July 23, 2013

Dept. of Insurance and Gibsonville Police Uncover Alleged Staged Accident Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of seven people in an alleged insurance fraud scheme involving a staged auto accident in Guilford County. The Department of Insurance requests assistance from the public in locating one additional suspect.

Shea Coates, 33, of 415 Hood St., Burlington, was charged with one count of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Coates was released under a written promise to appear in court on Aug. 21.

Shantana Raquel Clark, 24, of 771 Tillman St., Burlington, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Clark was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Donta Omar Haith, 23, of 610 D Center Ave., Burlington, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and identity theft. Donta Haith was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Gregory Oneil Haith, 24, of 1114 Chandler Ave., Burlington, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Gregory Haith was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Lisa H. Haith, 46, of 1114 Chandler Ave., Burlington, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Lisa Haith was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Helen Clark Monroe, 41, of 113 Dusty Lane, Stoneville, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Monroe was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Laporshal Conshay Neal, 24, of 2322 Lavista Drive, Burlington, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Neal was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

After an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Gibsonville Police Department, Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the defendants conspired to defraud American Family Insurance Company of several thousand dollars by submitting fraudulent documentation in support of insurance claims for injuries caused by a staged motor vehicle accident on Dec. 3, 2012.

Investigators are seeking an additional suspect in association with this case:

Whitney Bonique Lawson, 22, of 625 Center Ave., Burlington, is wanted for one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Criminal investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Lawson. Anyone with information on her 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 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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