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Alleged auto insurance scam leads to arrest

Nathan HamSports Writernham@jeffersonpost.com

August 19, 2012

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announces the arrest of Holly Cecilia Miller, age 37, of 1490 Rock Fence Road, Creston.


Miller is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and making a false report to a police station.


Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Miller of filing a false police report with the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and filing a fraudulent insurance claim with North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Company for damage to her vehicle in August 2012. Investigators allege that Miller had already filed a police report with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and filed a claim with another insurance company for the same vehicle damage in April 2011.


Miller was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 15, processed by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and held on a $6,000 secured bond.


The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have received more than 14,000 complaints, resulting in 602 arrests, 333 criminal convictions and more than 110 pending court cases. These efforts have delivered more than $48.5 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.


An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.