For Immediate Release: January 24, 2014

Five Arrested in Alleged Staged Accident Scam in Buncombe County

Investigators seek public assistance in locating an additional suspects

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of five people in an alleged insurance fraud scheme involving several staged auto accidents in Buncombe County. The Department of Insurance requests assistance from the public in locating two additional suspects in association with this case.

Lisa Ann Dalton, 19, of 50 Wilbar Ave., Apt. 14E, Asheville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and aiding and abetting in connection with obtaining property by false pretense. Dalton was arrested on Jan. 22 and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond.

Tyquawn Saddam Kuwade Davidson, 21, of 111 Cedar Hill Road, Asheville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and aiding and abetting in connection with obtaining property by false pretense. Davidson was arrested on Jan. 19 and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond.

Barbara Ann Lee, 19, of 50 Wilbar Ave., Apt. 7G, Asheville, was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and aiding and abetting in connection with obtaining property by false pretense. Lee was arrested on Jan. 22 and placed under a $4,000 secured bond.

Kendra Patrice Mooney, 24, of 50 Wilbar Ave., Apt. 14F, Asheville, was charged with three counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. Mooney was arrested on Jan. 20 and released under a $60,000 unsecured bond.

Jeremy Jermain Wise, 22, of 4428 Deaverview Road, Asheville, was charged with two counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and insurance fraud. Wise was arrested on Jan. 23 and released on a written promise to appear.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the defendants conspired to defraud GEICO, Progressive Insurance Company and National General Insurance Company of several thousand dollars by submitting fraudulent documentation in support of insurance claims for property damage caused by several staged accidents in the Asheville area.

Investigators are seeking additional suspects in association with this case.

Christina Renee Allen, 33, of 69 Hillside St., Weaverville, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and aiding and abetting in connection with obtaining property by false pretense.

Sonia Venita Clay, 44, of 50 Wilbar Ave., Apt. 11E, Asheville, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Criminal investigators are requesting the public's assistance in locating these suspects. Anyone with information on their 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 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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