For Immediate Release: June 26, 2015

Wake County Woman Accused of Making Fraudulent Insurance Claims

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Joy Marie Trejo, 46, of 651Rice Road, Zebulon; she is charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege Trejo attempted to fraudulently obtain payment from Geico Insurance Company by presenting false claims between February 2013 and January 2015.

Trejo was arrested on June 25 in Wake 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 1,500 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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