For Immediate Release: November 12, 2014

Snow Hill Woman Charged with Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Roxanne Renee Newton, 29, of 1420 Highway 903 North, Snow Hill; she was charged three counts of insurance fraud, two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between Aug. 25, 2014, and Sept. 8, 2014, Newton filed fraudulent insurance claims with State National Insurance Company and with her employer's workers' compensation carrier for property damage and injuries she claimed occurred in a single-car accident. Newton received $3,514.14 from State National to settle the vehicle damage claim.

Newton was arrested on Nov. 7 and placed under a $30,000 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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