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Agents bust scheme to stage wrecks, defraud insurers

Posted October 15, 2009

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— Authorities say they have arrested seven Robeson County residents in two-year investigation of a scheme to stage wrecks and defraud health insurance companies.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state Department of Insurance investigated the scheme, which involved at least seven staged accidents and netted $131,000 for the conspirators.

Barbara Mercedes Thompson, 29, and Derrick Devon Thompson, 30 – both of 361 Pinwheel Circle in Lumberton – and Dormaine K. Baker, 34, of 970 Benson Chapel Road in Rowland, were arrested Thursday.

All were charged with insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretenses and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. They were being held in the Robeson County jail Thursday under separate $10,000 unsecured bonds.

Investigators said that the Thompsons and Baker staged a wreck in July 2006 then submitted false medical bills to insurer AIG, Inc. AIG paid out approximately $21,000 to the three, investigators said.

In August, agents arrested Chassa Marie Blue, Eboni Adelle Moore, Matthew Solomon Green and Diedra Joann Werrell, all of Rowland.

Those four are accused of staging six traffic accidents and filing medical and lost-wage claims amounting to $115,000.

To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous.

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  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 15, 2009

    Lizard, I guess you would know since you seem to be an expert on the topic.

  • lizard Oct 15, 2009

    Gov't assistance is, most of the time, generational. Where have you been the last 50 years or so?

  • ctechic2004 Oct 15, 2009

    Surrey Hills-Mercedes, Devon, Dormaine Chassa and Eboni. Nice, very nice. Wonder what book the parents got those names from?

    So a person's name predetermines whether they are on government assistance or will commit a crime? Wow!!! What credentials do you have to be an expert on names?

  • lizard Oct 15, 2009

    Not "stereotyping" helped to bring about the housing debacle this past year. Many times past performance is the best predicter of future behavior.

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 15, 2009

    Mario, Jennifer and Jason also committed crimes by defrauding CISCO, do they fit the "type"? Yes they do criminal. I wonder if they have any food stamps or on Section 8? If they don't are still "the type"?

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 15, 2009

    I know the type. Surrey is right. Are you willing to bet they don't? Want to put some money on it?
    lizard

    I know the type and what type would that be? That is the problem, somebody always stereotyping and you know sometimes you are so wrong. Okay, the what is the type that does not look like them, but does the same exact thing and believe it happens all the time, I guess since they don't fit the stereotype, then they are not caught huh? Or quite as noticeable. And what makes Surrey to right unless is so call "slumming" to know this. You do know that all people who are welfare don't commit crimes and all people that are not on welfare are all perfect citizens.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 15, 2009

    "Would it be any better if they were Amy, John, Daniel, and Melissa?"

    Ya'll are funny. Its called profiling. Profiling works. Profiling is necessary. Profiling is NOT bad. Profiling is smart. EVERYONE profiles someone or some group. We all aren't the same. And all groups are different. As long as those two statements are true, profiling will ALWAYS exist. Surrey Hills did a great job profiling these criminals. Yes, I believe they were bilking every government agency they could. So yes, I believe as Surrey Hills belives that they were on food stamps and possibly Section 8 housing. Anything that gets them something for nothing.

  • claudnc Oct 15, 2009

    Bronzegoddess - I totally agree with you.
    This is why I can only read these blogs every so often - people show their true colors behind the comforters of a computer. So why are people with names such as Oprah, Denzel, Condelezza, Cornell and others so successful? There are plenty of Toms, Janes, Melissa and Brads committing good old fashion crimes.

  • lizard Oct 15, 2009

    "What makes you think that they were getting food stamps, welfare and Section 8? Do you know them personally to say this?"

    I know the type. Surrey is right. Are you willing to bet they don't? Want to put some money on it?

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 15, 2009

    Mercedes, Devon, Dormaine Chassa and Eboni. Nice, very nice. Wonder what book the parents got those names from? I hope they go ahead and suspend the food stamps, welfare and section 8 housing and save us a little money!
    Surrey Hills

    What makes you think that they were getting food stamps, welfare and Section 8? Do you know them personally to say this?

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