North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Niki Vandiford Hathaway, 52, of 213 Speight Ave., Tarboro. Hathaway 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 Hathaway of attempting to obtain a settlement from The General Insurance by filing a fictitious insurance claim for a stolen vehicle.
The offenses occurred on Aug. 4, 2021.
Special agents and Tarboro police arrested Hathaway on March 22. She was given a $15,000 secured bond.
“Insurance fraud hits consumers in the wallet,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20 cents of every insurance premium dollar go to covering the cost of fraud. I’m fighting this by aggressively pursuing and prosecuting insurance fraud in North Carolina.”
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.