Pizza Employee Hit By Ceiling Tile Charged With Insurance Fraud

NC Department of Insurance agents have arrested Carmella Lee Rivera, 24, of Fuquay Varina following an investigation into a January incident.  Rivera was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred four months ago at Little Caesar’s Pizza at 1320 N. Main St in Fuquay Varina where Rivera was employed. According to Rivera, a ceiling tile fell and hit her on the head, causing personal injury. Rivera subsequently reported a worker’s compensation claim to Employer Mutual Casualty Company.

Special agents from the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division conducted interviews and reviewed video of the incident.

According to the arrest warrant, Rivera was not injured by the ceiling tile.

Rivera was arrested on April 28 in Wake County and placed under a $6,000 secured bond.

Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year.  According to Commissioner Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums — and it’s getting worse.

“I am determined to stem the tide of insurance fraud in this state in order to save residents money,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. “That’s why I am dedicated to the mission of our NCDOI law enforcement officers who investigate and prosecute claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud.”