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Garner woman charged in insurance scams

Posted October 22, 2009 11:50 a.m. EDT

— A Garner woman has been charged with filing fraudulent insurance claims and in a theft from a Rocky Mount home, officials said Thursday.

Kimberly Joyce Smithson, 32, of 2216 Sumter Drive, was charged with larceny, breaking and entering, filing a false report, insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. She was being held in the Wake County jail under a $52,000 secured bond.

Rocky Mount police said Smithson stole diamond, sapphire, pearl, emerald and gold jewelry totaling $14,550 on May 24 from the home of a friend whose house she was watching.

The state Department of Insurance determined that Smithson filed a fraudulent claim with Assurant Insurance Co. on April 21, claiming that a flat-screen television and digital camera were stolen from her home. She received $310.46 for her alleged losses, officials said.

Also, DOI investigators said she had someone set fire to her Garner home and then filed a claim with Nationwide Insurance for $9,389 for property destroyed in the fire.