Fraud case moved to Superior Court

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

A former Vance County Department of Social Services employee was arrested in May in connection with an alleged arson incident that took place in December 2013.

Teresa Dover, 35, is accused of intentionally setting fire to her mobile home in order to obtain $34,603.46 in insurance money from N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, according to the warrant for her arrest.

She was arrested May 13 on charges of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and fraudulently burning a dwelling.

The warrant alleges she burned her dwelling at 2931 Thomas Road, Lot 8, Henderson, for the purpose of obtaining insurance benefits.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Griffin Jr. is prosecuting the case.

Nathan Baskerville represents Dover.

She was employed with DSS Children’s Services since September 2006, and resigned May 14, according to Vance County Human Resources Director Argretta Johen.

Baskerville appeared with Dover in Vance County District Court on June 9 when she waived her right to a probable cause hearing so the case could be moved directly to Superior Court.

“My client has been cooperative with law enforcement from the beginning and we are looking forward to asserting her innocence in court,” Baskerville said.

A next court date has not yet been scheduled for Dover’s case.

Griffin said his office is waiting for the SBI investigator’s report, which has not been made available to the prosecutor or defense attorney since she was arrested in May.

“Once it has been received, it will be for to me for review it,” he said. “We will evaluate the investigation and make a decision as to whether or not we will submit the matter to the grand jury for indictment.”

Griffin said the State Bureau of Investigation, rather than the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, may be investigating because the incident involved arson.

“Arson cases tend to be a little more complex and require expert opinion regarding the origin of fire,” he said.


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