Winston-Salem Woman Indicted For False Insurance Claim On Kitchen Fire
Winston-Salem Journal (NC)
A 20-year-old Winston-Salem woman has been indicted on charges that she filed false claims with two different insurance company, with one paying out more than $20,000 for a kitchen fire that never happened.
Sidonique Alexia Edwards, of Falcon Wood Court, was indicted Monday on two counts of insurance fraud, one count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of attempted obtaining property by false pretenses.
Indictments allege that between Nov. 26, 2020, and June 15, 2021, Edwards filed a false claim that there was a kitchen fire at her apartment on Winster Drive. She said in the claim that numerous items were damaged. She filed the claim with State Farm Insurance. She was able to get $22,994.
There was no fire and the documentation she presented to State Farm was fraudulent, the indictments allege.
Indictments also allege that from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15, she received an insurance policy from Allstate American Insurance Company. The effective date was Aug. 19 and then tried to file a claim for water damage. She claimed damage to her clothes and television sets.
The water leak, however, happened on Aug. 18, the day before the insurance policy became effective. N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release that she filed the claim on Sept. 8.
Causey announced that special agents and Winston-Salem police arrested Edwards on Nov. 4.
Edwards was given a $10,000 unsecured bond. It is unclear when her next court date will be in Forsyth Superior Court.