For Immediate Release: September 21, 2015

Charlotte Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Barbara Sibley Joyner, 60, of 2326 Longleaf Drive, Charlotte; she is charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count obtaining property by false pretense in Mecklenburg County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege Joyner submitted fraudulent medical bills in support of claims to National General Insurance Company in August 2013 and July 2015. Investigators allege Joyner received $2,000 from the company on Aug. 28, 2013, by means of false pretense.

Joyner surrendered herself to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 18 and was placed under a $3,500 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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