For Immediate Release: April 27, 2016

McDowell County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Celia Jane Worley, 36, of 54 Dee Cable Drive, Marion; she is charged with four counts of obtaining property by false pretense and three counts of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Worley of filing false claims with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company and fraudulently receiving $5,214 between May 2015 and January 2016. Investigators allege Worley claimed she received medical treatment for a broken arm and missed work, which was denied by her employer and the health care provider listed on the claims.

Worley was arrested with assistance from McDowell County Sheriff’s Office on April 23 in McDowell County. She was later transferred to Buncombe County Jail with assistance from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and placed under a $10,000 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 www.ncdoi.com.

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