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Ten suspected of staging wrecks to make insurance claims

Posted October 6, 2011

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— Ten people face charges in what Wake County prosecutors are calling a fraud ring in which the suspects tried to file $96,000 in claims from several insurance companies.

Investigators say the group staged three wrecks between January 2010 and November 2010 and received $43,970 in claims as a result. Another $51,384 in claims was denied. Zakia Bobbitt Images: Ten suspects charged

Eight people were arrested Wednesday, one person surrendered to authorities Thursday, and investigators are searching for a 10th person.

Those charged, include Lopez Dovol Mullen, 33, of 1912-D Tischer Road, Raleigh, whom prosecutors say is the ringleader of the alleged scheme.

Investigators say Mullen was the ringleader of the fraud scam. He received insurance checks amounting to more than $7,800 from insurance companies, according to arrest warrants.

Mullen is charged with five counts of insurance fraud, four counts of obtaining property by false pretense, three counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of identity theft and attempting to obtain property under false pretenses.

He is in the Wake County jail under $140,000 bond.

Others charged include:

  • Zakia Katrell Bobbitt, 30, 804-102 McMakin St., Raleigh, on one count insurance fraud, one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy. She was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under a $30,000 bond.
  • Shaquana Jashel Burrough, 20, of 45 Harvest Lane, Louisburg, on one count of insurance fraud, one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy. She was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under a $20,000 bond.
  • Tikara Denise Bynum, 23, of 2504 Evers Drive, Raleigh, on one count of insurance fraud, one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy. She was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under a $20,000 bond.
  • Josalyn Jenice Cotten, 30, of 1300-C S. Bloodworth St., Raleigh, on two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy. She was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under a $50,000 bond.
  • Jocelin Anissa McAllister, 32, of 5375-D Wayne St., Raleigh, on for one count of felony conspiracy. She was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under a $4,000 bond.
  • Teresa Celeste Mullen, 35, of 8834 Orchard Grove Way, Raleigh, on one count of insurance fraud, one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy. Mullen was out of jail on bond Thursday afternoon.
  • Catina Lashawn Williams, 38, of 2311 Sonora St., Raleigh, on two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy. She was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under a $50,000 bond.
  • Robert Levelle Williams, 33, of 2416 Evers Drive, Raleigh, on three counts of insurance fraud, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense and two counts of felony conspiracy. He was in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon under an $80,500 bond.

Investigators are still searching for Tammy Haney, 31, who is wanted for one count of insurance fraud, one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felony conspiracy.

Anyone with information about Haney's whereabouts is asked to contact the Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-3335 or the North Carolina Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.

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  • IAMAmerican Oct 7, 12:23 p.m.

    Revoke their Driver's License permanently, also. Driving is a privilege, which they do not deserve.

  • anne53ozzy Oct 7, 11:28 a.m.

    My aunt in VA had this occur when the person behind her at a drivethrough said she backed into her when it turned out the person lodging the complaint had hit may aunt's car. Driver of vehicle behind my aunt claimed to have a back problem in ins claim.

  • mikeyj Oct 7, 11:23 a.m.

    Call me paranoid. I sort of suspect that in all of this maybe some medical insurance was bilked too. Let's get some research on what Drs signed of on the bruised ribs whiplash etc.
    The poster that mentioned the 80's having been active. There was some fears in NY on the "L I E" about the sudden lanes change and brakes too.

  • mikeyj Oct 7, 11:15 a.m.

    Another one of Obama's "CZARS" scores huh? Gee Kinda starting to think he may do good(gag cough) at a second term.

  • craftymatt Oct 7, 11:11 a.m.

    I absolutely LOVE hearing about thieves getting caught. I swear I can't get enough of it. Now, if only our justice system would penalize them harshly, I think my life would be complete! Lol!

  • themacs Oct 7, 11:08 a.m.

    That's the point I was making.

    I wasn't saying it was right; I was explaining how what another poster referred to as the "race card" ends up getting played.

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 7, 10:51 a.m.

    "And that is why your entire "group" has statements made about your bigotry."

    hypocritical aren't you?

  • hunter38 Oct 7, 10:33 a.m.

    Someone should see if they are getting public assistance and if so it should suspended immediately...same for all felons. You commit a crime....benefits are cut out!!! Biggest waste in this state

  • nonemeant Oct 7, 10:20 a.m.

    You think I will put my life/freedom on the line for $7,800. I don't think so. The minimum wage is around $7. Why don't these people rely on the one of the oldest professions WORK!!!!

  • themacs Oct 7, 10:09 a.m.

    These are individuals who did something wrong.

    And when you start attacking entire groups of people and making bigoted statements based on the actions of the few, you become an individual who did something wrong.

    And that is why your entire "group" has statements made about your bigotry.

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