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Hundreds could be affected by insurance fraud case, investigators say

Ginger Cunnigham, the owner of Blue Ridge Title Company, was arrested and charged in November 2017 after officials say she sold false title insurance policies. Investigators believe up to 1,000 consumers could be affected by this case, involving up to $97 million worth of property. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Investigators say hundreds of people might have been affected by a case of title insurance fraud in Buncombe County.

Ginger Cunningham, the owner of Blue Ridge Title Company, was arrested and charged in November 2017 after officials say she sold false title insurance policies.

Investigators believe up to 1000 consumers could be affected by this case, involving up to $97 million worth of property.

The North Carolina Department of Insurance is now reviewing title insurance contracts in hopes of finding more victims.

"The attorneys who have managed these closings have been excellent in identifying consumers that have been effected that came to their offices for closings, and so in excess of 500 of those contracts have been identified," Chet Effler, with the Department of Insurance, said.

According to warrants, officials believe Cunningham embezzled more than $160,000 selling fraudulent policies. She is now charged with one count each of embezzlement by agent and obtaining property by false pretense.

Visit the North Carolina Department of Insurance's website for more information on title insurance.

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