North Carolina Man Accused of Trying to Scam Insurance Company

May 23, 2013

Authorities accuse a Lincoln County, N.C., of filing a fake report of a stolen motorcycle and trailer to get money from an insurance company.

The Charlotte Observer reports that 38-year-old William Minford Chatham III of Vale is charged with felony insurance fraud. He is free on $5,000 bond.

Sheriff’s office investigators say Chatham filed a claim last October saying someone stole a trailer containing a Harley Davidson motorcycle from outside his home. Deputies say the trailer was valued at $2,748 and the motorcycle at $25,000.

According to the investigators, Shelby police learned earlier this month that the trailer and motorcycle were being kept in a storage facility there.

Deputies say an investigation led them to charge Chatham.

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