North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrests of Pamela Christine Liles, 31, and Travis Paul Randolph, 30, of Siloam.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Liles of insurance fraud in three counties, and Randolph of insurance fraud in two counties, as a result of an investigation into three separate insurance claims filed between 2009 and 2014.
Liles was charged in Surry County with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. Investigators allege Liles provided false statements to North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., claiming her vehicle and items in her vehicle were stolen on Sept. 28, 2009. Liles was compensated $15,343 in claims funds.
Liles and Randolph were charged in Forsyth County with insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy. Investigators allege Liles and Randolph provided false statements to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., claiming larceny following a breaking and entering at their home on Oct. 15, 2011. Liles and Randolph were compensated $35,512 in claims funds.
Liles and Randolph were also charged in Lee County with insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and conspiracy. Investigators allege Liles and Randolph provided false statements to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., claiming property loss in a fire on July 5, 2014.
Liles and Randolph were arrested on August 14 in Surry County and released on a written promise to appear in court.
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have made more than 1,500 arrests, resulting in more than 750 criminal convictions with more than 250 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $72.1 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.
An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims.
Source: North Carolina Department of Insurance
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