For Immediate Release: October 20, 2015

Union County Woman Accused of Making False Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Deborah Deberry Stevens, 53, of 3605 Braefield Drive, Indian Trail; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege Stevens filed a fraudulent insurance claim attempting to obtain $15,578 from QBE Insurance Corporation on May 21, 2015. Stevens is accused of providing a falsified receipt from a jeweler when claiming five watches had been stolen from her residence.

Stevens turned herself into the Union County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 21 and was 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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