North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of LaQuisha Renee Staton, 28, of 6335 Piedra Drive, Raleigh. Staton was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.
Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Staton of attempting to obtain an automobile insurance claim payment from Nationwide Insurance Co. of America by providing false information to the company.
According to the arrest warrant, Staton obtained insurance coverage for her 2019 Nissan Altima after it was involved in a wreck but told the insurance company that the wreck occurred after she obtained insurance coverage.
The offenses occurred on Jan. 16.
Staton was arrested on Aug. 4. She was given a $15,000 unsecured bond.
“Property and casualty insurance fraud costs insurance customers an estimated $120 billion a year in increased premiums,” said Commissioner Causey. “The Department of Insurance has beefed up its fraud-fighting staff 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 anonymously report fraud by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.
Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.