For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016

Durham Woman Charged Claims Fraudulent Vehicle Damage

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Trudy Brunner-Sharpe, 69, of 5901 Craig Road, Lot 86, Durham; she is charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Brunner-Sharpe of presenting fraudulent information to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company on Dec. 19, 2015 and received $735.25 in payment, and May 27, 2016 which was denied. Investigators allege Brunner-Sharpe twice reported new vehicle damage when the damages were from previous settled claims.

Brunner-Sharpe was arrested on Aug. 17 in Orange County and placed under a $5,000 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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