North Carolina Man Charged for Insurance Fraud

Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies arrested William Minford Chatham III, 38, on Monday after a trailer and motorcycle he had reported stolen were found hidden in a Cleveland County storage facility.

Last year, Chatham told a police deputy that the trailer was parked beside his driveway when he went outside to walk his dog at 11: 30 p.m. on October 12th.  He said when he woke up the following morning at 6:15 a.m. to take the dog out; the trailer and the motorcycle inside it were gone.  According to the news release, Chatham then submitted an insurance claim to State Farm for the missing property despite knowing that the claim contained false information.

The Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide motorcycle was valued at $25,000 and the trailer was valued at $2,748.

Shelby police learned earlier this month that the trailer and motorcycle had been placed in a storage facility in their city.  The Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office was alerted that the property had been found and Detective Robin Powell recovered the items on May 8th which led to the charges being filed against Chatham

William Chatham, was charged with two counts of felony insurance fraud.  He has been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 24th.



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