Georgia Man Accused of Staging Car Theft in North Carolina

October 13, 2016

A Georgia man was arrested and charged with insurance fraud for allegedly staging a car theft in North Carolina, according to a statement from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Jeremy Joseph Keeton, 29, of Columbus, Ga was arrested and is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and filing a false motor vehicle theft report in Cumberland County, N.C.

North Carolina Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Keeton of claiming his motorcycle was stolen in March 2015 with State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. and filing a police report with Fayetteville Police Department for the theft. Investigators allege Keeton was still in possession of the motorcycle in April 2016.

Keeton was arrested on Sept. 22 in Cumberland County and place under a $5,000 bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims.

Source: North Carolina Department of Insurance

Topics Auto Fraud North Carolina Georgia

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  • October 14, 2016 at 9:54 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
    re: "I wonder why this was a news article". Because it's regarding a fraudulent insurance claim. The press release was issued by the North Carolina Department of Insurance.
  • October 14, 2016 at 6:41 am
    Gork says:
    I wonder why this was a news article. Hunch - he owed money on the bike and the bank called someone at DOI. Motorcycles are stolen everyday and that doesn't get in the news. B... read more
  • October 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    Deplorables says:
    The last time I checked, motorcycles are not cars, have different rating than cars for insurance. I wonder if this guy migrated from Florida. Sounds a lot like a Florida sto... read more

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