DOBSON — A Surry County Grand Jury indicted a Siloam woman last week with four felony violations associated with alleged insurance fraud.
Pamela Christine Liles, 33, of Hardy Road, faces two counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.
Liles had been previously issued warrants for two of the charges; two of indictments were new.
Appearing before Presiding Judge Stanley Allen to request a bond modification, Defense Attorney Mark Jones explained that the underlying factual allegations were the same on all the charges.
Warrants and indictments accuse Liles of making a false report of a stolen vehicle with a value of about $14,000.
She was released from jail on a written promise to appear in court on May 8, an agreement which Jones said the financial crimes prosecutor, Mitchell Garrell, had previously approved.
Wayne Goodwin, then the state insurance commissioner, announced in August 2015 that Liles and a friend had been arrested after a lengthy fraud investigation. Goodwin, who lost the November election for his seat, said in 2015 that Liles was accused of fraud in three counties, while Travis Paul Randolph, then 30 and listed at the same address, was involved in two of those incidents.
• Investigators allege Liles provided false statements to N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance in Surry County, claiming her vehicle and items in her vehicle were stolen on Sept. 28, 2009. Liles was compensated $15,343 in claims funds.
• The insurance commissioner claimed that Liles and Randolph acted together two years later in Forsyth County.
Liles and Randolph were charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy. Investigators allege Liles and Randolph provided false statements to Nationwide Insurance, claiming larceny following a breaking and entering at their home on Oct. 15, 2011. Liles and Randolph were compensated $35,512.00 in claims funds.
• The third incident came in 2014 in Lee County.
Liles and Randolph were charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense and conspiracy. Investigators allege Liles and Randolph provided false statements to Nationwide Insurance, claiming property loss in a fire on July 5, 2014. No payment was made on this claim.
Liles and Randolph were arrested on Aug. 14 in Surry County and released on a written promise to appear in court.
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Goodwin stated that an estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims.