For Immediate Release: February 3, 2014

Tryon Woman Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Shawnda Janae Pack, 20, of 601 East Howard St., Tryon; she was charged with one count each of felony insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Jan. 8, 2014, Pack filed a fraudulent insurance claim with GEICO for damage to her vehicle from a collision with a deer one day earlier. Investigators allege that the same damage had been documented as the result of a January 2013 accident in which Pack was arrested for reckless driving and hit and run.

Pack was arrested with the assistance of the Tryon Police Department on Jan. 31 and placed in the Polk County Jail under a $16,000 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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