For Immediate Release: August 1, 2013

Multiple Accident Claims Lead to Raleigh Woman's Arrest for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jacinta Bethea, 38, of 468 Dorothea Drive, Raleigh; she was charged with two counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and three counts of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that using forged and otherwise fraudulent documentation, Bethea submitted false insurance claims to GEICO, Nationwide Insurance Company and North Carolina Farm Bureau to support payment for lost wages and medical bills after claiming she sustained injuries in motor vehicle accidents on June 4, 2010, Dec. 28, 2011 and Aug. 15, 2012. Bethea received payment in the amount of $2,222 from two of the insurance companies and was attempting to claim an additional $11,941.00 when the insurance companies contacted the Department of Insurance to investigate.

Bethea was arrested on July 29, processed at the Wake County Jail and placed under a $15,000 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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