Two more sought in insurance fraud case

Elfonza Demetrius Riggins


By DEUCE NIVEN

    Two people are wanted in connection with an alleged insurance fraud scheme that has already resulted in the arrests of four Tabor City area women, North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) investigators said Tuesday.
    Warrants charge Elfonza Demetrius Riggins, 29, of Tillman Avenue, and Hattis Tean Galloway, 34, of Kinlway Drive, with two counts of felony conspiracy and one count of insurance fraud.
    Riggins is also charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, a DOI news release said.
    Four women arrested late last week and earlier this week were Patricia Riggins Sumpter, 53, and her daughter, Iesha Dashawn Sumpter, 24, both of the same Tillman Avenue address; Rachel Yvette Galloway, 32, and Ernestine Galloway, 50, of the same Ashley Avenue address.
    All four are accused of making a false claim for an insurance settlement with Peak Property and Casualty Insurance following a June 26, 2015 rear-end collision crash that took place in the Dothan area of Columbus County, warrants obtained by T.S. Braswell, a DOI investigator said.
    For more on this story see the original reporting in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune, in print and online, and the update in next week’s newspaper.

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