For Immediate Release: September 24, 2014

Car Theft Report to Leads to Arrest for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Taji Quasetta Simmons, 40, of 4371 Gum Branch Road, Lot #5, Jacksonville; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Simmons falsely claimed that her vehicle had been stolen on May 12, 2014, and provided false statements to National General Insurance Company to claim insurance money and car rental fees. After an investigation by the Department of Insurance and the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau, Simmons' vehicle was recovered at a metal recycling facility in Rockingham County.

Simmons was arrested on Sept. 23 by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and placed under at $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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