For Immediate Release: May 23, 2014
Lost Jewelry Claims Lead to Onslow County Arrest
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Theresa Lynn Foster, 48, of 104 E. Carrington Way, Jacksonville; she was charged with two counts of insurance fraud, and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on July 14, 2011, and Sept. 4, 2012, Foster provided false and misleading information to USAA Insurance in support of insurance claims related to lost jewelry.
Foster was arrested on May 21 with the assistance of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $20,000 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.