For Immediate Release: March 6, 2015

Anson County Woman Accused of Making False Car Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Brittany Lemay Clark, 34, of 1724 NC 742 South, Wadesboro; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Clark of filing a fraudulent claim with National General Insurance Company reporting that her vehicle was struck by a deer on Dec. 22, 2014. Investigators allege that Clark was not driving during the alleged accident and that the vehicle had not been struck by a deer.

Clark was arrested on March 5 with the assistance of the Anson County Sheriff's Office and was placed under a $4,000 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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