Car Crash Fraud Arrests

Four people in the East are accused of staging phony car crashes, then collecting tens of thousands of dollars in insurance money.

The North Carolina Insurance Commissioner says the following have been arrested: Rayon Lamon Artis,32, of 1000 W. 4th St., Greenville; Arturo Leon Carmen, 29, 3900 Woodcrest Dr., Ayden; Jermaine Keys, 1100 W. 4th St., Greenville; and Shawana Latrece Smith, 26, 500 Verdant Dr., Greenville.

The report says Pitt County Memorial Hospital Police assisted with the arrest of Jermaine Keys.

Insurance officials say Rayon Artis was the fraud ringleader, conspiring with the others to stage auto accidents and then submitting phony claims. The Insurance Commissioner says this scam has netted more than $100,000. More arrests are expected.


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  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    Dang Rayon it was getting to good to u. U was to GREEDY. U should have stopped now u gotta pay.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Dec 11, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    Why is everything about race????????????? A crook is a crook, it doesn't matter if their name is Shameka or Mary Elizabeth.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 10, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    Apparently I should have drawn a picture...because the answer to my question is obviously no.
  • by Tara Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    Thanks for recapping a report that is on this website. You should have argued your case instead of quoting the news.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    Marie, please learn to read and go back about 6 posts and read my post. I SAID THAT I KNEW A WHITE FAMILY THAT DOES THIS.What part of white dont you understand? Are you just one of those defensive liberals that get offended at anything anyone says?
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    To fed up and ??? Your ignorant racial remarks aren't fooling anyone. In case you think Black people are the only ones committing crimes, read this WITN story about the EMS worker that embezzed money and let's not forget the governor of Illinois - neither one is a minority. Greed and crime are not a color issue it's simply about the money no matter who commits the crime. (Missing money from an EMS squad has lead to the arrest of a former employee. Beaufort County deputies say Michelle Cutler has been charged with embezzlement. Last month deputies received a report of fraud from Chocowinity EMS. They reported Cutler, a former lieutenant with the squad, diverted funds through paychecks and cash advances for her own personal use. The 35-year-old Cutler, who is from Plymouth, turned herself in on Friday. She was released on a $10,000 bond).
  • by Talon Location: NC on Dec 10, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    This issue wouldn't even exist if it weren't for the corrupt personal injury attorneys and their crooked chiropractor cohorts. Some of these attorney's even have a scale outlining how much money you get. For example you get amount A if you say you have an injury but don't call rescue. Amount B if you call rescue, and so on. These crooked personal injury lawyers (and not all of them are crooked) know just how far to go when interviewing a potential client without violating the letter of the law themselves. I was in a wreck a few years back and was not injured. I got countless offers of representation from these crooks, some even included vidoes and DVD's. These scum lawyers even have employees who go to different law enforcement agencies every day to make copies of wreck reports so they can mail their offers to the people involved. They partially responsible for high insurance costs, which we ALL have to pay for.
  • by fed up Location: greenville on Dec 9, 2008 at 08:13 PM
    DGK, if it makes you feel better, I believe these people are africn americans. And as far as tailgating, you ride to close to me and you will eat my bumper. I come down stantonsburg hwy every day, And most of the people that live in Park west and the apts across the street cannot read stops signs or see cars coming or even think they have to stop for the stop light at the end of the road. So they must be scamming looking for a accident because they sure are going to cause 1 some day.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:01 PM
    DGK, what are YOU insinuating? That one particular race gives their kids weird names? Inquiring minds would like to know.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:48 PM
    DGK...without saying it, lets see do you know what I'm insinuating. Have you ever been in yahoo chat? There are certain programs that keep you from being booted out of the room and it gives you the IP address of everyone that has posted in that room. An IP address (IP stands for Internet Protocol) is a unique 32-bit number that identifies the location of a computer on a network. The only way to keep your computer from being identified is signing under a client..which is another program. Several people post here under different names...but they are the same person. Sometimes I laugh when a coward post and break bad under anonymous or another name. If you had this program..you might be surprised.
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