For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016

Five Wilmington Women Staged Three U-Haul Accidents

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of five Wilmington women in connection with an alleged staged auto accident ring. Investigators allege that over the course of three separate vehicle crashes, the women provided false statements to law enforcement and insurance companies in an effort to receive insurance benefits.

Doris Canty, 61, of 7518 Foxwerth Drive, Wilmington, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and insurance fraud. Canty was arrested on Feb. 8 in New Hanover County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Jessica Denise Goodman, 39, of 228 Dobbs St., Wilmington, was charged with three counts each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud, two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of misdemeanor conspiracy and misdemeanor child abuse. Goodman was arrested on Feb. 11 in New Hanover County and placed under a $100,000 bond.

Extase Shyneice Pollock, 21, of 1512 Moore Plaza, Wilmington, was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of injury to personal property, insurance fraud and misdemeanor conspiracy. Pollock was arrested on Jan. 29 in New Hanover County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Shaquetta Sade Washington, 20, of 3546 Metting Road, Wilmington, was charged in New Hanover County with one count of aiding and abetting to obtain property by false pretense. Washington was arrested on Feb. 16 in New Hanover County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Investigators seek an additional suspect in association with this case. Teresa Halsey Pollock, 42, of 228 Dobbs St., Wilmington is wanted for two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud and misdemeanor conspiracy.

The allegedly staged accidents occurred on Aug. 4, Oct. 10 and Dec. 4, 2015, and involved Repwest, Wilshire and Allstate insurance companies.

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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