For Immediate Release: February 10, 2015

Couple Accused of Burning Wallace Home for Insurance Money

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Darnell Rivers, 51, and Shaunetta Fairley, 31, both formerly of 155-E Carol C MHP, Lot 27, Wallace; each has been charged with one count each of fraudulently burning of own dwelling, burning of personal property, and felony conspiracy. Fairley was also charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Jan. 3, 2014, Rivers and Fairley conspired to set fire to their Wallace residence for the purpose of collecting insurance claim funds. Farley is accused of providing false and misleading information to the North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association while filing the claim.

Rivers was arrested on Dec. 24, 2014, and Fairley was arrested on January 23, 2015, by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida. They were extradited to Duplin County.

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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