Wake high school teacher accused of insurance fraud

From Staff ReportsAugust 15, 2009 

— Insurance investigators have charged a Wake County high school teacher with filing false reports of burglaries at her home to collect thousands of dollars in insurance payments.

Wayne Goodwin, state insurance commissioner, said Friday that Chinell Jray Blount, 37, of Redstone Court in Durham is charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Investigators say Blount, who teaches special programs at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, filed an insurance claim in January saying more than $38,700 worth of household items had been stolen from her home in a burglary.

Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. asked for receipts, Goodwin said. Blount gave the company several computer printouts, many from rental companies in Durham. Goodwin said an investigator found several of the items still in the stores.

In April, Blount reported a second burglary and said $3,000 worth of property was taken. One of the items she reported stolen was a laptop computer belonging to Wake County schools that had been reported stolen from a school a month earlier, the insurance commissioner said. Goodwin said the company denied both claims, but paid more than $6,000 for property damage.

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