For Immediate Release: April 1, 2016
Five Accused of Staging Car Accident in Durham County
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of two individuals in connection with an alleged staged auto accident; investigators seek three other suspects in association with the case. Investigators accuse the group of five of staging a car accident on Oct. 27, 2015, and filing fraudulent insurance claims with Repwest Insurance Company.
Terrell Bruce Allen, 54, of 308 Gail St., Wendell, was arrested on March 30 and charged with one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud in Durham County. He was placed under a $2,500 bond.
Alan Lindsey Lea, 24, of 1422 Wyldewood Road, Durham, was arrested on March 30 and charged with one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud in Durham County. He was placed under a $5,000 bond.
Bryant Emanual Burton, 32, of 3402 Timmons Ave., Greensboro; Kenneth Clevester Burton, 37, of 3001 Weaver St., Durham; and Jeremy Lee Burton, 28, of 1802 Guess Road, Durham, are wanted in association with the case.
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have made more than 1,500 arrests, resulting in more than 750 criminal convictions with more than 250 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $72.1 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.
An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.