Durham woman charged with insurance fraud

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Robin Sherick Jones, 43, of 1914 Jersey Ave., Durham. Jones was charged with insurance fraud, a felony.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Jones of falsely telling Peak Property and Casualty Insurance Co. that her Chevrolet Camaro was damaged in a crash while it was parked in front of her apartment.

According to the arrest warrant, physical evidence shows that the car would have been moving at the time of impact and that the driver’s side door had been manually removed with tools, not because of a crash.

The offense occurred between Jan. 3 and Jan. 5.

Special agents arrested Jones on Oct. 28. She was given a $2,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Durham County District Court on Nov. 8.

“It’s estimated that property and casualty insurance fraud costs insurance customers $120 billion a year in increased premiums,” said Commissioner Causey. “The Department of Insurance has reinforced its criminal investigations procedures and personnel in an effort to make more arrests to keep fraud from driving up insurance costs.”

If you suspect insurance fraud or other white-collar crimes, please report it. You may report fraud anonymously by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.

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