For Immediate Release: March 12, 2014
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tenquisha Shancaza Durham, 23, of 525 Henderson St., Gastonia; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Durham filed duplicate insurance claims for the same vehicle damage to her 2002 Lincoln LS. National General Insurance and State Farm Insurance paid Durham a total of $2,100 to settle the claims; State Farm representatives later notified the Department of Insurance of the suspected fraud.
Durham was arrested on March 10 in Gaston County and placed under a $10,000 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.