For Immediate Release: June 19, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special agents charge Hertford woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Shar’dayzeia Lonniece Johnson, 22, of 306 Stokes St., Hertford. Johnson was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

According to the warrant, Johnson filed a claim with National General Insurance Co., saying that her vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident when the damage to the vehicle was not consistent with damage from such an accident.

Special agents with the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division say she attempted to obtain $1,795.78 with the false claim.

The offenses occurred between March 21 and May 21. Johnson was arrested on May 22 in Perquimans County and released on $1,000 unsecured 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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