For Immediate Release: February 24, 2014

Gaston County Woman Accused of Keeping Insurance Money Meant for Vehicle Repair

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Victoria White, 28, of 526 Katherine Ave., Kings Mountain; she was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that White filed a claim with Southern General Insurance on June 6, 2013, for damage to her 2005 PT Cruiser as the result of an auto accident. Southern General settled the claim for vehicle repairs with a check for $2,246.84 made out to White and the lien holder, Darin Groom Auto Sales. Darin Groom Auto Sales repossessed the vehicle on June 10, 2013, and contacted Southern General regarding the vehicle damage. The insurance company informed the dealer that the check had been endorsed by White and Darin Groom Auto Sales, and had been cashed. The auto dealership claims that they neither endorsed the check nor received the funds for the vehicle repair. Investigators allege that White retained the funds for her own personal use.

White was arrested with the assistance of the Gaston County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 20 and placed under a $2,500 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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