Fayetteville woman accused of filing fraudulent death certificate in insurance claim

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Marissa Hope Bailey, 24, of 3965 Rosehill Road, Fayetteville. Bailey was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies.

According to the arrest warrant, Bailey obtained $8,258.71 in short-term disability benefits from Sedgwick Insurance after filing a fraudulent death certificate and medical documents with the company.

The offenses occurred between July 7, 2020, and Nov. 10, 2020.

Baily was arrested on June 24 and given a $10,000 unsecured bond.

“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, you can report it 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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