For Immediate Release: December 15, 2016

Franklin County Woman Accused of Fraudulent Auto Insurance Claims

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Judy Strickland Arrington, 65, of 8 Judges Way, Louisburg; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Arrington of fraudulently reporting her vehicle had been stolen in order to obtain $22,430.11 in payment from Allstate Insurance Company. Investigators allege Arrington had crashed the vehicle prior to reporting the vehicle stolen.

Arrington was arrested on Dec. 12 in Franklin County by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 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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