For Immediate Release: November 18, 2016
Three Accused of Bail Bond Scheme in Wake County
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Nicole Crew, Sharon and Denise Davis for soliciting bail bonding business inside a confinement facility and Leroy Wilson, Jr., of being an unlicensed bail bondsman in Wake County.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Crew and Davis of soliciting bail bond business in or about where prisoners are confined. Investigators allege Crew and Davis Wilson would receive calls from within the confines of the jail and arrange payment through the online jail ATM system. Investigators accuse Wilson of acting in the capacity of a bondsman without a license.
Nicole Crew, 29, of 6425 Bisland Dr., Raleigh; is charged with six counts of soliciting bail bonding business inside a confinement facility. Crew was arrested with assistance from Wake County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 17 in Franklin County and placed under a $3,000 bond.
Sharon Denis Davis, 44, of 5313 Oporto Court, Raleigh; is charged with two counts of soliciting bail bonding business inside a confinement facility. Davis was arrested with assistance from Wake County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 17 in Johnston County and placed under a $2,000 bond.
Leroy Wilson, Jr., 42, of 4628 Vendue Range Dr., Raleigh; is charged with four counts of acting as a bail bondsman without a license. Wilson was arrested with assistance from Wake County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 16 in Franklin County and placed under a $3,000 bond.
Authorities expect more arrests relating to this scam.
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.