For Immediate Release: June 16, 2015

Brunswick County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Meleny Tate, 55, of 3343 Southport Supply Road, Bolivia; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Tate of attempting to obtain approximately $2,000 from American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida between February and May 2015 by providing the company, by fax, a fraudulent invoice for work done to her home. They allege that Tate falsely claimed her entire roof had been replaced and made untruthful statements about how much she paid to have repair work done.

Tate was arrested on June 16 in Brunswick County and placed under a $10,000 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 1,500 arrests, resulting in more than 750 criminal convictions with more than 250 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $72.1 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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