40 Years Later, North Carolina Policyholder Admits False Claim

March 18, 2013

Lingering guilt may have been what moved someone who filed an insurance claim 40 years ago to come clean with a Gastonia, North Carolina insurance agency.

The Gaston Gazette reported that whoever took a $280 claim check in 1973 felt guilty and sent the money back with a letter to Watson Insurance.

The letter read, “To whom it may concern: I filed an improper insurance claim in 1973, and I wanted to repay the money your company paid me. So please accept this $280, as repayment. Thank you, a friend.”

Tom Watson had been working at the agency for eight years when the check was issued. He said he had no way of tracking down the person or the claim, so he donated the money to the Salvation Army.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 7:58 am
    Better late than never? says:
    And what about adjusting for inflation. That's probably close to another $1,500 or so. It was a kind gesture, but it would have been a much better human interest story if the ... read more
  • March 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    Nice Try says:
    Just using a 3% interest rate compounded annually, I estimate this committer of insurance fraud who appears to be preparing to meet his maker to still owe over $600.
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