10 Arrested In 3 County Staged Accident Ring

Authorities say two brothers were ringleaders in an alleged staged auto accident ring that operated in three counties.

State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of 10 people who operated the ring in Nash, Edgecombe and Franklin counties. Six other people are wanted by authorities.

They say Howard Whitfield, Jr. and Douglas Whitfield conspired with family members and others to stage auto accidents in attempts to defraud insurance companies. The Insurance Department says between August 2009 and January 2010 some $76,000 was paid out from five insurance companies. In one case a suspect intentionally hit another suspect's vehicle from behind.

Arrests and charges to date are:

Ryan Craig Bobbitt, 23, of 1029 Compass Creek Road, Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy, as well as arrested on other outstanding warrants. He was placed under a $40,000 secured bond in Nash County.

John David Hoggard Jr., 32, of 104 Williams St., Tarboro, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and two felony counts of conspiracy. He was placed under a $15,000 unsecured bond in Edgecombe County.

Billie Whitfield Hollis, 44, of 165 White Oak Road, Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy. She was placed under a $15,000.00 unsecured bond in Edgecombe County.

Virginia Janosik Howlett, 56, of 575 Tobacco Road, Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud, conspiracy and probation violation. She was placed under a $35,000 unsecured bond in Nash County.

Steven Tyrell Jones, 23, of 1924 Hunter Hill Road, Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy. He was placed under a $20,000 unsecured bond in Nash County.

Leandrous Lee Murray, 26, of 615 Piedmont Ave., Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy. He was placed under a $20,000 unsecured bond in Nash County.

Renee Jones Naccarato, 36, of 1939 James Road, Nashville, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and insurance fraud and three counts of conspiracy. She was placed under a $50,000 secured bond in Nash County.

Kristy Turner, 27, of 201 Thunder Road, Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy. She was placed under a $20,000 unsecured bond in Nash County.

Howard Buddy Whitfield, III, 18, of 165 White Oak Road, Rocky Mount, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy. He was placed under a $15,000 unsecured bond in Edgecombe County.

Howard Earl Whitfield, Jr., 45, of 91 Bluestone Lane, Tarboro, is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and two felony counts of conspiracy. He was placed under a $15,000 unsecured bond in Edgecombe County.


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