Tuesday, July 7, 2009


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Massey Ray Bowser, 25, Winston Salem, Matthew Ray Booth, 67, Weldon and Clarice Booth, 51, Weldon in what is commonly called an "owner give-up."

According to the investigation, Bowser filed a police report in Roanoke Rapids in February claiming that his Lincoln LS vehicle had been stolen from his home. However before the claim for more than $8,000 to Geico Insurance Company was processed, a hunter found the vehicle in Nash County, in a wooded area of some property belonging to Bowser's family. Bowser did receive $561 for a rental car. Tires, rims and a battery all worth about $1,000 were missing from the car.

As a result of the DOI investigation, Bowser is charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of fraudulent disposal of security. His father, Matthew Booth, is charged with one count of felony conspiracy and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy. Bower's mother, Clarice Booth, is charged with one count of misdemeanor conspiracy. All were booked at the Halifax County Sheriff's Office. Other arrests are pending.

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