Arrest made charging insurance fraud

Nov. 30, 2012 @ 06:12 PM

State Department of Insurance criminal investigators arrested a Henderson woman Thursday, charging her with obtaining property by fraud through a false insurance claim.
Terry Hall, a public information officer with the department of insurance, released a statement confirming the arrest of Cassandra F. Alexander, 36, of 877 Lamb St., in connection to a March 11 vehicle crash that Alexander witnessed.
Investigators say Alexander knew a driver involved in the crash, jumped into the vehicle before police arrived, then falsely said she had injuries for which she filed an insurance claim.
Investigators allege Alexander filed a fraudulent claim with Nationwide Insurance Company for medical expenses incurred.
Alexander received a $5,000 secured bond pending a Dec. 11 hearing in Vance County District Court.
According to Hall, the Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers who focus on investigating and charging perpetrators of false insurance claims and bail bonding fraud.
Since Wayne Goodwin took office as state insurance commissioner in 2009, investigators have probed more than 16,800 complaints and made 720 arrests that resulted in 380 criminal convictions, Hall said. More than $50 million in restitution and recoveries provided some relief to overall fraud losses, she added.
According to Hall, an estimated 10 percent of insurance premiums pay on fraudulent claims.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.