For Immediate Release: December 10, 2014
Fayetteville Couple Arrested for Alleged Insurance Scam
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of James Arnold Seals, 42, of 3207 Tallywood Drive, Apt. 1, Fayetteville, and Lisa Renee Strickland Seals, 45, of the same address.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Sept. 3, 2013, the couple reported a fictitious motor vehicle accident to their insurance company and provided altered medical bills to Peak Property and Casualty Insurance Company for which they were paid approximately $3,000.
James Seals was arrested on Nov. 30 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. He was placed under a $10,000 bond.
Lisa Seals was arrested on Nov. 30 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. She was placed under a $3,000 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.