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Holly Springs man charged with faking lightning damage

Posted September 25, 2009

— State Department of Insurance investigators have charged a Holly Springs man with falsifying claims of lightning damage to file for insurance reimbursements.

Earl Harvey Scott, 40, of 105 Ployanthus Place, is charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held Friday in the Wake County jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

Arrest warrants charge Scott with lying to his insurance companies to claim $33,971 in damages. He told adjusters that he heard a loud boom and then his plasma television, Blue-Ray DVD player and other high-end electronics stopped working, authorities said.

Investigators said Scott then made up work orders for a repair company that doesn't exist and used his own post office box to receive reimbursements on the bogus claims.


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  • gots2beme Sep 25, 2009

    how stupid can someone be?

  • NMBound Sep 25, 2009

    This one reason why insurance rates go up. Thank goodness for good insurance investigators for catching it.

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  • eagle_51 Sep 25, 2009

    Said it before....will say it again...you can't fix stupid!

  • IamwhatIam Sep 25, 2009

    Put a lot of thought into it. Unfortunately for him, someone was a little smarter...

  • OneLove Sep 25, 2009

    did he REALLY think he'd get away with this? fake work orders and HIS OWN post office box? geeeeezzzz