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 suspectâ€™s damaged vehicles.
On Jan. 30, Ross allegedly filed a claim on Keyâ€™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.