A Scotland County woman was taken into custody on Feb. 5 for allegedly lying to her auto insurance company about the way her 2015 Malibu sustained damage. According to investigators with the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division, the defendant told Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. that the vehicle was damaged when a tree fell on it during a hurricane.
Law enforcement authorities in Wilmington reportedly arrested two men on Dec. 18 at a Belk department store. The men, who are brothers, are accused of running an international ring that was focused on defrauding Belk stores.
When a North Carolina county insurance company conducted an investigation into its Register of Deeds office, it discovered a bit of an irregularity. Over a period of four years, there was $2.3 million that wasn't accounted for. The office handles a large volume of legal document filings, many of which include fees often paid in cash. Authorities indicated the office lacked an established protocol or basic procedure for handling cash transactions. When other employees raised their concerns, the department head dismissed the issue.