DOBSON — A county mother and her son have been arrested in connection with an alleged scheme to bilk an insurance company out of thousands of dollars, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced yesterday.
Joy Michelle Simpson, 44, of 221 Mayberry Ave., in Mount Airy, and her son, Jackson Del Simpson, 19, of 113 Copeland School Road in Dobson, have each been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property under false pretenses, according to Goodwin.
Insurance investigators with the state allege that the pair defrauded Progressive Southeastern Insurance Company of more than $6,924 by submitting a false claim that a motorcycle had been stolen last July 12.
“Investigators accuse Joy Simpson of arranging to have the motorcycle moved to a Stokes County residence on the day it was reported stolen,” said Insurance Department spokesman Kerry Hall.
A subsequent tip to law enforcement resulted in the recovery of the bike on Oct. 14, and local law enforcement notified the insurance company.
Jackson Simpson was arrested Monday at the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond.
His mother, Joy Simpson, was arrested on Feb. 25, and subsequently released on a written promise to appear in court.