For Immediate Release: November 3, 2016

Pitt County Woman Accused of Using Fake Identity

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tanya Tamara Latarsha Purvis, 42, of 1000 Kristin Dr., APT D-5, Greenville; she is charged with two count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Purvis of providing another person’s personal information to Discovery Insurance Company and Progressive Auto Insurance to obtain auto insurance policies on two separate occasions. Investigators allege Purvis used the identity of another person without their consent to avoid a higher insurance rate.

Purvis was arrested on Nov. 2 in Pitt County and place under a $20,000 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