For Immediate Release: November 26, 2013

Fairmont Woman Accused of Filing Duplicate Insurance Claims

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kimberly Grissett, 29, of Pleasant Hope Road, Fairmont; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Grissett attempted to defraud two insurance companies for damage that she claimed was the result of vandalism to her 2006 Mercedes Benz. Grissett filed a claim with GEICO on Feb. 26, 2013, claiming someone damaged her vehicle while it was on her property, and then withdrew her claim when asked for supporting documentation. On April 9, 2013, after obtaining insurance with Peak Property and Casualty the day before, Grissett reported the same damage to her vehicle and received $2,220 to settle the claim.

Grissett was arrested on Nov. 14 by the Lumberton Police Department and placed under a $5,000 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 made more than 800 arrests, resulting in more than 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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