For Immediate Release: July 16, 2014

Stolen Ring Claims Lead to Vance County Woman's Arrest

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tashala Johnson, 28, of 150 Freedom Lane, Henderson; she was charged with two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Dec. 18, 2013, and on March 12, 2014, Johnson submitted fraudulent claims to separate insurance companies in an attempt to collect money for a ring she claims was stolen.

Johnson was arrested on July 14 and placed under a $75,000 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 1,000 arrests, resulting in more than 500 criminal convictions with more than 200 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $61 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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