For Immediate Release: November 22, 2016
Franklin County Woman Accused of Staging Car Accident
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Deborah Dew, 45, of 25 Twin Creek Drive, Louisburg; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and felony conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Dew of presenting an oral statement to support a claim her automobile had been damaged with State Farm Automobile Insurance Company. Investigators allege Dew staged the accident and reported the vehicle stolen with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Dew was arrested on Nov. 22 in Franklin County and placed under a $30,000 bond.
Dew was also charged for obtaining property by false pretense and filing a false police report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
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.