For Immediate Release: November 4, 2014

Rocky Mount Woman Arrested for Alleged Felony Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Carla Yvette McWilliams, 52, of 4705 Gardenia Circle, Rocky Mount; she was charged with one felony count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering of a forged document.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between March 31 and Oct. 27, 2014, McWilliams submitted fraudulent documentation to State Farm Insurance Company to recover $3,000 for medical services she and her son received as a result of a car accident on April 31, 2014. Investigators allege that McWilliams did not pay for medical services and her son was neither in her vehicle at the time of the accident nor did he receive medical treatment as she had claimed.

McWilliams was arrested on Oct. 27 and placed under at $5,000 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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