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Iron Station women accused of running insurance scam

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

State authorities recently arrested two Iron Station women for allegedly conspiring together in January to commit insurance fraud.

According to a Department of Insurance press release, Jessica Shamere Key, 29, and Christona Shante Ross 29, both of 2571 Hudson Poultry Road, sought an Allstate Insurance policy on one of the suspect’s damaged vehicles.

On Jan. 30, Ross allegedly filed a claim on Key’s vehicle, which had already been claimed and paid for, authorities said.

DOI mailed the money for the claim before identifying the incident as an apparent scam. Ross received a check totaling more than $1,100, the release said.

Lincoln County authorities arrested Key on Wednesday on a $3,000 unsecured bond. She has since been released.

Ross was charged two days earlier at the Gaston County Detention Center but has

since posted a $5,000 secured bond, authorities said.

Ross already has a criminal history listed on the N.C. Department of Correction website. She was released from prison in September after serving a one-year sentence for obtaining property by false pretenses in Gaston County in May 2009. Three years earlier, Ross was convicted of attempted cheating of property/services in Lincoln County along with obtaining a signature by false pretenses. Both offenses are felonies, NC DOC showed. Lastly, in 2005, a Gaston County judge found Ross guilty of attempting to obtain property in return for a worthless check, draft or order.

To report suspected insurance fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 807-6840 or visit www.ncdoi.com. Tips may remain anonymous.

 

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