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A Wilmington woman was recently sentenced and is now headed to prison for 60 to 108 months for her role in staging two car accidents in 2015 and filing false insurance claims.
Jessica Denise Goodman, 40, pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to one count of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, three counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and three counts of insurance fraud.
This was definitely a family affair. According to WECT News, Goodman, her daughter Shaquetta Williams, her mother Doris Canty, and other close friends, staged two “accidents;” one on October 10, 2015 and the other on December 4, 2015.
Goodman filed a claim with the insurance carrier for the other vehicle in the October 10 crash saying she did not know the driver and passenger of that vehicle, despite the fact that the passenger was Williams.
Investigators say she withdrew that claim and refiled it with her own carrier, saying the accident wasn't staged, though there was evidence telling the opposite story.
From the claim for the December accident, Goodman says she was driving the car involved, though it disappeared from the scene for over 40 minutes, after which it returned with her behind the wheel Williams as a passenger.
Goodman's insurance claim stated she lost more wages than she actually did, was injured in the exact same locations on her body as in the October accident, and that she never previously suffered such injuries.
This isn’t too new for Canty, as she was previously convicted of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense; the case against Williams is still pending.
Extase Pollock and Teresa Pollock, two other women also charged in the staged crashes, have both pled guilty to insurance fraud and obtaining or attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
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