For Immediate Release: August 15, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special agents charge Greensboro woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Sharonda Gail Murphy, 29, of 1504 Hudgins Drive Apt. B., Greensboro. She was charged with felony insurance fraud.

According to the arrest warrant, Murphy made an agreement with a co-defendant to submit a false claim to State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. that an auto accident occurred. The two had agreed to split the claim money, the arrest warrant adds.

The offense occurred between May 1, 2017, and Aug. 6, 2017.

Special agents from the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested Murphy on June 29, 2018, in Guilford County. She was released on a written promise to appear in court.

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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