For Immediate Release: April 24, 2015

Guilford County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lauran Hopper Douglas, 35, of 203 Wind Road, Apt C, Greensboro; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Douglas of filing a fraudulent insurance claim with GEICO on Feb. 3, 2015. Douglas reported that her vehicle was struck while parked and unoccupied, but allegedly, the driver of Douglas' vehicle struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle and left the scene.

Douglas was arrested on April 23 in Guilford County and released on a Written Promise to Appear in court on May 26, 2015.

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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