For Immediate Release: July 24, 2015

Columbus County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Shaquella Geathers, 28, of 35 Walters Trail, Whiteville; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Geathers of attempting to obtain $4,219.12 from Nationwide General Insurance Company by providing fraudulent information from March 2015 through June 2015. Investigators allege Geathers made fraudulent statements concerning her employment and previous insurance claim history and reported items that were never missing as stolen from her home.

Geathers was arrested on July 22 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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