6 North Carolina Residents Accused of Staging Car Accident

April 1, 2016

Four North Carolina individuals have been arrested in connection with an alleged staged auto accident, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Investigators are still seeking two other suspects in association with the case.

Investigators accuse the group of six of conspiring in an effort to commit insurance fraud against Peak Property and Casualty Insurance Company by providing false statements after allegedly staging an automobile accident in June 2015. Investigators allege they falsely claimed not to know the occupants of the other car in the accident, when all six are related to one another.

Patricia Riggins Sumpter, 53, of Tabor City, was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud and making false statements on an application for insurance. Patricia Sumpter was arrested on March 26 in Columbus County and placed under a $7,500 bond.

Iesha Dashawn Sumpter, 24, of Tabor City, was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Iesha Sumpter was arrested on March 26 in Columbus County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Rachel Yvette Galloway, 32, of Tabor City, was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Rachel Galloway was arrested on March 29 in Columbus County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Ernestine Galloway, 50, of Tabor City, was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Ernestine Galloway was arrested on March 29 in Columbus County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Elfonza Demetrius Riggins, 29, of Tabor City, is wanted for two counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Hattis Tean Galloway, 34, of Tabor City, is wanted for two counts of felony conspiracy and one count of insurance fraud.

NCDOI employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud.

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