For Immediate Release: September 15, 2014

Mecklenburg Couple Arrested for Alleged Insurance Scam

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Claymonte McNeill, 36, of 9005 Cameron Spring Road, Charlotte, and Michelle McLaughlin McNeill, 39, of the same address.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between October 2012 and November 2013, Claymonte McNeill, while employed as a State Farm Insurance Fire Claim Representative, issued 13 unauthorized claim drafts totaling nearly $70,000 to Michelle McLaughlin. After an investigation, it was discovered that Michelle McLaughlin was married to Claymonte McNeill and the checks were deposited into a bank account in her name.

Claymonte McNeill was arrested in Mecklenburg County on Sept. 11 and charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement by an insurance agent. He was placed under a $10,000 bond.

Michelle McNeill was arrested in Mecklenburg County on Sept. 11 and charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. She was 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 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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