For Immediate Release: May 7, 2015

Person County Woman Accused of Filing Fraudulent Insurance Claims

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lauren W. McDuffie, 48, of 32 L and J Wrenn Road, Roxboro; she is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse McDuffie of fraudulently obtaining money from State Farm Insurance by filing false claims of stolen guns on Nov. 28, 2009, and Sept. 10, 2010.

McDuffie was arrested on May 6 in Person County and placed under a $5,000 unsecured 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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