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Teacher charged with insurance fraud

Posted August 14, 2009

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— A Wake County high school teacher has been charged with falsely reporting two burglaries at her home to collect insurance reimbursements, officials said Friday.

Chinell Jray Blount, 37, of 16 Redstone Court in Durham, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Investigators with the state Department of Insurance said Blount filed claims with Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. for an alleged residential burglary in January. The claims totaled $38,723 for household items she said were stolen.

The insurance company asked Blount to provide receipts for the stolen items, and investigators said she gave the company several computer print-outs, many from Rent-A-Centers in Durham. An investigator with Liberty Mutual found several of the items Blount claimed stolen were actually still in the store.

In April, she reported a second burglary of her residence and $3,000 in stolen property, including a laptop computer belonging to the Wake County school district. According to the investigation, she had reported the laptop stolen to the school district a month earlier.

Liberty Mutual denied both claims, but paid Blount more than $6,000 in property damage, officials said.

Blount, a special programs teacher at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation, said Bill Poston, a spokesman for the Wake County school district. She has worked for the district for one year, he said.

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  • scientistjo Aug 14, 2009

    Maybe if the state paid teachers more this wouldn't have happened.

  • daMoFo Aug 14, 2009

    "suspended WITH pay.. makes a lot of sense!!"

    Yes it does. Until she's been convicted of a crime, it should be with pay. Should you be suspended without pay based on an accusation which may be false?

  • gratefultoGOD Aug 14, 2009

    suspended WITH pay.. makes a lot of sense!!

  • makeitright Aug 14, 2009

    nail her to the wall along with all the other idiots that think they can do whatever they want.. I'm sure the lawyer will tell the insurance company and School system that she didn't klnow right from wrong - all stemming from a spanking she got at 2 years old....

  • cj Aug 14, 2009

    What difference does it make if she is a teacher or not? She is a "thief" regardless of what else she does for a living.

  • I like everybody Aug 14, 2009

    She's a nice one ain't she.

  • ONEHARDHEAD Aug 14, 2009

    Obviously an economics teacher.

  • twc Aug 14, 2009

    Most thieves can't outwit anyone but themselves. What subject did she teach? Come to think of it, what subjects did she pass in college? What school did she attend? Her planning skills are obviously flawed!