Wanda Nichols Covington, 36, and her brother, Thomas Nichols,Jr., 32, share a tighter bond than most brothers and sisters -- thebond of felony charges. The two were recently arrested for tryingto commit auto insurance fraud, according to North Carolina'sInsurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.


According to an arrest warrant, Covington is accused of filingfalse paperwork in May 2009 with Progressive Insurance Company. Inher report, she claimed that her 2007 Hyundai Sonata had beenstolen from her home. Progressive promptly paid her more than$11,000 for the loss.


When the car turned up partially burned a short time later,though, North Carolina Department of Insurance investigators wereinformed of it and went to work. After conducting an investigation,they determined that Wanda Covington's car had never been stolenand alleged that she hired her brother to dispose of her car forher.


Thomas Nichols, Jr. was charged with obtaining property by falsepretense, insurance fraud, and felony conspiracy. His sister, WandaCovington, was charged with felony obtaining property by falsepretense, insurance fraud, and felony conspiracy. Both were placedunder $10,000 unsecured bonds their county's sheriff'sdepartment.

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