Wanda Nichols Covington, 36, and her brother, Thomas Nichols, Jr., 32, share a tighter bond than most brothers and sisters — the bond of felony charges. The two were recently arrested for trying to commit auto insurance fraud, according to North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.
According to an arrest warrant, Covington is accused of filing false paperwork in May 2009 with Progressive Insurance Company. In her report, she claimed that her 2007 Hyundai Sonata had been stolen 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 were informed of it and went to work. After conducting an investigation, they determined that Wanda Covington’s car had never been stolen and alleged that she hired her brother to dispose of her car for her.
Thomas Nichols, Jr. was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud, and felony conspiracy. His sister, Wanda Covington, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud, and felony conspiracy. Both were placed under $10,000 unsecured bonds their county’s sheriff’s department.