North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Rhonda Lynn Tyson, 52, of 101 Louis Armstrong Court, Chapel Hill, has been charged with insurance fraud and two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, all felonies.
Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Tyson of filing a claim with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. for an accident for which she had already been compensated.
The offenses occurred on June 19, 2019.
Tyson was served with a criminal summons on April 16.
“It troubles me that some people think insurance fraud is a victimless crime,” Commissioner Causey said. “Nearly 20 cents of every insurance premium dollar goes to cover the cost of insurance fraud. Consumers are the real victims of this kind of criminal behavior.”
Over the past three years, CID Special Agents recovered nearly $12 million used in fraudulent activities. That money has been returned to consumers and insurance companies. The restitution also helps preserve insurance rates.
To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.