For Immediate Release: October 26, 2015

Greensboro Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Clarissa Jenai Staten, 31, of 1354 Norwalk St., Greensboro; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege Staten falsely reported she had not received a car insurance claim payment of $437.69 from Metropolitan Property and Causality Insurance Company. Investigators allege Staten cashed the claim check on June 5, 2015.

Staten turned herself into Greensboro Police Department on Oct. 23 and released on a written promise to appear in court on Dec. 1, 2015, in Greensboro.

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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