For Immediate Release: March 29, 2016

Davidson County Woman Accused of Posing as Her Deceased Mother

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Turkessa R. Taylor, 38, of 391 White Oak Road, Thomasville; she is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Taylor of posing as her deceased mother to obtain a life insurance policy from AAA Life Insurance Company. Investigators allege Taylor also filed a claim on the same policy to collect payment.

Taylor was arrested on March 25 in Davidson County and placed under a $25,000 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