For Immediate Release: December 23, 2014

Wilmington Woman Arrested on Insurance Fraud Charges

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kathy Lynn Quince, 34, of 104 Spring Ave., Wilmington; she was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and felony conspiracy.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Quince conspired with Richard and Miriam Warren to fraudulently collect insurance funds from State Farm Insurance Company. Investigators accuse Quince of posing as the owner of a Wilmington boutique and supplying a fraudulent invoice for more than $5,000 in merchandise in support of a stolen property claim submitted by the Warrens. Richard Warren was arrested on Nov. 25 and Michelle Warren was served with arrest warrants on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. It was during the course of the Warren investigation that Quince's invoice was found.

Quince was arrested on Dec. 18 and placed under a $25,000 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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