North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Taylor Lyndsey Simmons, 24, of 1533 Ellis Road, Durham. Simmons was charged with insurance fraud and identity theft, both felonies.
Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Simmons of obtaining two insurance policies in her father’s name without his knowledge or permission.
Simmons completed online applications and made multiple phone calls pretending to be her father, according to the arrest warrant.
Special agents say Simmons obtained one policy on Jan. 1 and another on April 23.
Wake County deputies arrested Simmons on Aug. 21. She was given a $5,000 secured bond.
“Insurance fraud hits consumers in the wallet,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20 cents of every insurance premium dollar go to covering the cost of fraud. I’m fighting this by aggressively pursuing and prosecuting insurance fraud in North Carolina.”
If you suspect insurance fraud or other white-collar crimes, please report it. You may anonymously report fraud by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.
Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.