For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Wake County woman accused of insurance fraud in worker’s comp claim

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Carmella Lee Rivera, 24, 2213 Robin St., Fuquay Varina. Rivera was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 26, at Little Caesar’s Pizza at 1320 N. Main St, Fuquay Varina, where Rivera was employed. According to Rivera, a ceiling tile fell and hit her on the head, causing personal injury. Rivera subsequently reported a worker’s compensation claim to Employer Mutual Casualty Co.

Special agents from the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division conducted interviews and reviewed video of the incident.

According to the arrest warrant, Rivera was not injured by the ceiling tile.

Rivera was arrested on April 28 in Wake County and placed under a $6,000 secured bond.

Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year. According to Commissioner Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums -- and it’s getting worse.

“I am determined to stem the tide of insurance fraud in this state in order to save residents money,” said Commissioner Causey. “That’s why I am dedicated to the mission of our NCDOI law enforcement officers who investigate and prosecute claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud.”

To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigation Division at 919-807-6840.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com

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