For Immediate Release: October 6, 2015

Watauga County Couple Accused of Car Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tryphena Lynn Burr, 24, and Cedric Anthony Kent, 24, of 158-1 Henderson Gap Road, Blowing Rock; both are charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Kent and Burr of attempting to fraudulently obtain $3,048.34 from GEICO by claiming a collision with a deer on July 26, 2015, at an unknown location in Kentucky. Investigators allege the accident occurred from colliding with an unknown object in late October or early November 2014 after Kent fell asleep at the wheel.

Kent and Burr were arrested in Watauga County on Oct. 3 and placed under a $20,000 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