Ten Pitt County residents accused of being in staged auto accident ring

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Ten Pitt County residents are accused of being part of a staged auto accident ring.

Investigators with the state Department of Insurance says the group staged seven different vehicle crashes between April and August of last year so they could defraud some $25,000 from seven insurance companies.

The companies defrauded are Farmers, Nationwide, GEICO, Allstate, National General, State Farm and MetLife.

Here is a list of those charged so far:

Jacinda Gethers Best, 42, of 3708 Old Creek Road, Greenville, was charged with seven counts each of insurance fraud and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, four counts of obtaining property by false pretense and three counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and of misdemeanor child abuse. Best is charged with misdemeanor child abuse for taking her daughter, a minor, to the hospital for medical care and testing when she had no need for medical treatment. Best was arrested on July 27 in Pitt County and placed under a $20,000 bond.

Jaquanda Bradley, 19, of 33370-4 Frontgate Drive, Greenville, was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense. Bradley was arrested on July 26 in Pitt County and placed under a $10,000 bond.

Tonya Bradley, 43, 534 Pam Drive, Greenville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Bradley was arrested on July 26 in Pitt County and placed under $5,000 bond.

Carniqua Paige, 23, of 138-C Pinewood Drive, Winterville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Paige was arrested on July 26 in Pitt County and placed under a $5,000 bond.

Connie Carmon, 38, of 1303 Dulce Drive, Greenville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Carmon was arrested on July 27 in Pitt County and placed under a $2,500 bond.

Redmond Wilks, 39, of 1303 Dulce Drive, Greenville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Wilks was arrested on July 27 in Pitt County and placed under a $2,500 bond.

John Earl Best, 39, of 478 Quartz Drive, Greenville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Best was arrested on July 27 in Pitt County and placed under a $2,500 bond.

Shalonda Foreman, 31, of 478 Quartz Drive, Greenville, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Foreman was arrested on July 27 in Pitt County and placed under a $2,500 bond.

Cursha Phillips, 22, of 3370-4 Frontgate Drive, Greenville, was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Phillips was arrested on July 28 in Pitt County and placed under a $2,500 bond.

Insurance investigators are also looking to arrest John Overton, 41, of Greenville. He is wanted for two counts of insurance fraud and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.