For Immediate Release: April 9, 2015

Columbus County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud, Staging Car Accident

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Termika Lashe Williams, 31, of 92 Mill Stream Drive, Whiteville; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Williams of defrauding GEICO Insurance Company by providing false information following a motor vehicle accident in Fayetteville on March 23, 2014. Williams allegedly drove her vehicle into the rear end of a vehicle in order to stage an accident. Investigators allege Williams concealed her relationship with one of the passengers in the vehicle she hit from GEICO. GEICO paid Williams $6,124.78 in benefits for hers damaged car and a rental car.

Williams was arrested on April 9 in Columbus County 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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