For Immediate Release: March 4, 2015

Columbus County Woman Arrested for Car Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Stephanie Davis, 40, of 5410 General Howe Highway, Riegelwood , Columbus County; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators were contacted by representatives of Progressive Insurance about a claim Davis filed in November 2014. Davis claimed that her 2008 Mazda was damaged on private property in Riegelwood on Nov. 23 and that there was no prior damage on her vehicle. Investigators allege that Davis's car had actually been damaged in a car accident in Leland earlier in the month at a time when she did not have insurance coverage to repair the damage.

Davis was arrested on March 3 and placed under a $5,000 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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