For Immediate Release: July 7, 2015

Columbus County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tyisha Michelle Hemingway, 30, of 101 Brookberry Lane, Whiteville; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Hemingway of attempting to obtain $1,291.81 from Peak Property and Casualty Insurance Company to repair vehicle damages. Investigators allege that Hemingway filed a fraudulent claim on July 3, 2015, stating that her vehicle was damaged from a collision on May 18, 2015, when the damage was caused from a collision on Oct. 31, 2014, and never repaired.

Hemingway was arrested on July 6 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 1,500 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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