A fraud scheme that involved cash for crops while the same farmers made insurance claims for damaged produce has resulted in at least 41 people reaching negotiated pleas or simply pleading guilty to insurance fraud charges in North Carolina. The farmers involved had made fraudulent insurance claims for allegedly damaged products that included soybeans, tobacco, corn and wheat, but none of the involved products were actually unsellable.
Nine close friends and family members were indicted on insurance fraud charges after allegedly staging car accidents. The nine people are from both North Carolina and South Carolina. They were indicted on the fraud charges in a Polk County grand jury and are scheduled to appear November 30.
A local Asheville developer who has been under intense scrutiny for his recent failed Seven Falls development now faces white collar crime charges. The man has been charged with three counts of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses charges.