For Immediate Release: November 7, 2014

Garner Woman Arrested for Allegedly Inflating Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kennie Michelle Vanderhall, 48, of 703 Powell St., Garner; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on or about Dec. 5, 2013, Vanderhall filed a fraudulent loss report with Farm Bureau Insurance Company claiming that assorted Christmas presents were stolen from her vehicle. Investigators accuse Vanderhall of inflating the number of items stolen in an attempt to claim more money from the insurer.

Vanderhall was arrested on Nov. 6 with the assistance of the Wake County Sheriff's Office and 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