Crime notebook: Leland woman charged with insurance fraud; Brunswick men charged with trafficking heroin

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Rebecca Spencer
Rebecca Spencer

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin recently announced the arrest of a Leland woman charged with falsely claiming stolen property to an insurance company.

Rebecca McKinney Spencer, 27, of Leland, was arrested June 1 on charges of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Insurance.

Investigators accuse Spencer of fraudulently obtaining more than $4,000 from American Modern Home Insurance Company by falsely claiming jewelry and electronics had been stolen from her apartment in January 2015.

Spencer was booked at the New Hanover County jail and placed under a $5,000 bond. She has since been released.

To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at the N.C. Department of Insurance website.

Drug agents seize heroin, cash from Brunswick County home

Zane Alan Williams
Zane Alan Williams

Two men are facing drug trafficking charges after detectives seized heroin, weapons and cash from a Brunswick County home on Friday.

Zane Alan Williams, 27, and Michael Stanley, 27, both of Longwood, have been charged with trafficking heroin, conspiring to traffic heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Williams’ residence at about 7 a.m. Friday, Flax said. Drug agents seized 416 bindles of heroin, several weapons and more than $1,500 in cash. Williams is a gang member, Flax said.

An additional arrest was made in connection with the case. Eugene Anthwon Powell, 18, of Shallotte, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. Powell was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $500 bond.

Williams was booked Brunswick County jail under a $130,000 secured bond. Stanley was booked under a $100,000 secured bond.

The monthlong investigation and arrest was sparked by community tips and complaints, Flax said.

“Sheriff John Ingram wishes to thank the community for their tips and encourages anyone who suspects drug or illegal activity in their community to contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office,” Flax said.

Michael Jorrel Stanley
Michael Jorrel Stanley

Eugene Anthwon Powell
Eugene Anthwon Powell