For Immediate Release: November 6, 2014

Reidsville Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud after Filing Unemployment Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Birdie Sue Blevins, 56, of 1400 Courtland Ave., Reidsville; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Dec. 12, 2012, Blevins provided fraudulent documentation to Yosemite Insurance Company in support of an involuntary unemployment insurance claim for which she was paid $658.84.

Blevins turned herself in to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 6 and was placed under a $1,000 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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