For Immediate Release: November 14, 2016

Vance County Woman Accused of Presenting False Information

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Eula Lucille-Renee Simmons, 37, of 539 High St., Henderson; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Simmons of presenting fraudulent information to Allstate Insurance Company in an attempt to release the financial interest on the vehicle. Investigators allege Simmons submitted a fraudulent letter during the insurance claim process.

Simmons was arrested on Nov. 10 in Franklin 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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