For Immediate Release: January 20, 2017

Durham Couple Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Marcus Leon Clay, 28, of 426 Lakeland St., Durham and Tenika V. Clay, 34, of 1446 New Castle Road, Durham; each is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Marcus and Tenika Clay of claiming Tenika Clay was a passenger during an automobile accident with Allstate Insurance Company and filing bodily injury claims. Investigators allege Tenika Clay was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Marcus Clay was arrested on Jan. 18 in Durham County and placed under a $2,500 bond. Tenika Clay was arrested on Jan. 19 in Durham County and placed under a $2,500 bond.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. 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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