Three North Carolina Residents Fake Hit-And-Run For Insurance Money
Posted on Oct 27, 2010
Three people have been arrested after faking a hit-and-run car accident in North Carolina and collecting over $30,000 from insurance companies in the wake of the crash.
North Carolina Police say that 31-year-old Zakiya Dalila Perkins of Castle Hayne, 36-year-old John Andrew Murphy of Wilmington, 37-year-old Billy Joe Robinson of Burgaw created the appearance of a hit-and-run accident on July 17, 2009 just outside of Burgaw. Two vehicles were struck in the accident, while they told police that the man who hit their vehicles fled on foot from the intersection of Porter Road and Spencer Road. However, police soon discovered that the abandon car was owned by one of the car accident victims.
All three have been charged with one count of obtaining property through false premises and one count of fraud. Perkins remains under arrest with a $20,000 bond while the other two fraud participants have been arrested and released. The arrests and the investigation was conducted by the New Hanover Police Department, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the North Carolina Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division.
Perkins received $18,000 from GMAC Insurance. Murphy received $2,000 from GMAC Insurance. Robinson received $8,000 from Peak Property Casualty Insurance.
Insurance fraud is not only illegal – it hurts everyone who pays for car insurance or who gets into a car accident. In addition, insurance fraud has serious legal consequences in North Carolina, including jail time and significant fines.