For Immediate Release: March 29, 2016

Randolph County Woman Accused of Obtaining Property by False Pretense

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Alison Keli Underwood, 24, of Asheboro; she is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Underwood of fraudulently obtaining $7,452.85 from Cincinnati Insurance Company in December 2015. Investigators allege Underwood had a claim check for vehicle damage reissued in her name and cashed the check for personal use instead of repairing her vehicle.

Underwood was arrested on March 24 in Randolph County and placed under a $7,500 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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