For Immediate Release: April 15, 2016

Burlington Woman Accused of Car Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kala Lavette Sellars, 45, of 1016 Chandler Court, Burlington; she is charged with one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud and felony conspiracy.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Sellars of providing fraudulent information regarding an alleged car accident in support of an insurance claim filed with Nationwide Affinity Insurance Company on Nov. 9, 2014. Investigators allege that Sellars conspired with Curtis Lamont Hinton, Shakisha Necole Haith and Wayne Montreal Lee in an attempt to obtain payment from Nationwide.

Sellars was arrested on April 12 in Alamance County and placed under a $10,000 bond.

Curtis Hinton is wanted in Alamance County for one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud and felony conspiracy.

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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