Woman sentenced for staging car wreck to claim insurance money

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Teresa Halsey Pollock

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A woman pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court on Tuesday to staging car accidents in an insurance scheme.

Teresa Halsey Pollock (Windham), 43, of New Hanover County, pleaded guilty as charged to felony insurance fraud, attempt to obtain property by false pretenses, and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, according to District Attorney Ben David.

The Oct. 10, 2015, incident involved Teresa Pollock. Prosecutors allege her daughter Extase Pollock, Jessica Goodman and her daughter, Shaquetta Washington, also participated in the scheme.

Teresa Pollock allegedly rented a U-Haul van  that Extase Pollock intended to use to move a mattress. Teresa Pollock and Jessica Goodman then asked Extase Pollock to participate in a staged car accident involving them in another vehicle and the van.

Within two hours of the van being rented by Teresa Pollock and her daughter, a wreck occurred in the Long Leaf Park area of Wilmington, David said.

Immediately after the accident, prosecutors say all of those involved in the wreck claimed not to know the others in the other vehicles. Extase Pollock and Shaquetta Washington were in the U-Haul, and Jessica Goodman, Teresa Pollock, and a third woman were in Jessica Goodman’s car.

Teresa Pollock claimed bodily injury, first against the insurance carrier for U-Haul, then against the insurance carrier for Jessica Goodman, and in both instances claimed not to know who was in the U-Haul van that she helped to rent some hours earlier, David said.

Further investigation by the Department of Insurance revealed that all five women had been in communication with each other by phone in the hours before the wreck, negating their claims that they were unknown to one another, he said.

Charges against Extase Pollock, Jessica Goodman, and Shaquetta Washington are pending and scheduled on the court calendar for Oct. 10, David said. Doris Canty, who is Jessica Goodman’s mother, is also charged in similar staged car wrecks, but was not charged in the Oct. 10, 2015, incident.

Superior Court Judge Paul Jones sentenced Pollock to 22-46 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.