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North Carolina woman accused of filing fake insurance claims

A North Carolina woman has been arrested for filing fake insurance claims suggesting she was the victim of theft, vandalism and electrical problems at her home, officials said.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release on Friday that Reina Esmeralda Foster, 43, of Goldsboro is charged with 10 counts each of insurance fraud and of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Each charge is a felony.

The news release said special agents with the department specifically accuse Foster of filing fraudulent insurance claims with three companies to get slightly more than $90,000 in homeowners’ insurance payments.

According to arrest warrants, Foster falsely claimed that a barbecue grill, power generator, television sets, laptops, speakers, power washer, saw and lawn mower were stolen from her property. She also falsely claimed that vandals damaged her air conditioning unit, and that a power surge damaged her appliances and caused a carbon monoxide leak that forced her family from the home.

The offenses occurred between Feb. 11-17, officials said.

Foster was arrested on Nov. 2 and given a $10,000 secured bond. She is due in Wayne County District Court on Nov. 19. It’s not known if she has an attorney.

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