KDH woman arrested for CARES Act fraud

By on February 18, 2021

(North Carolina Department of Insurance)

On Feb. 17, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Mary Nicole Midgett, 33, of 114 Eagle Drive, Kill Devil Hills. Midgett was charged with three counts of making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, three counts of unauthorized access to government computers and one count of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, all felonies.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Midgett of providing false information on her unemployment insurance application under the CARES Act to receive benefits totaling $42,918. The insurance benefits included two co-conspirators who had previously been charged. The offenses occurred between March 24, 2020, and Feb. 9, 2021.

Midgett was arrested on Feb. 10. She was given a $30,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to be in Dare County District Court on Feb. 25.

Since 2017, Commissioner Causey has more than doubled the number of special agents investigating fraud and white-collar crimes. As a result, special agents from 2017 through 2020 have made 1,612 arrests.

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





  • Just sayin

    I know for a fact that there is more than this one incident. I hope they get them all. In my opinion, if you walked away from a job you had, especially one you had for 10 or 15 years, because you were “afraid of the virus”, then you just stuck around town collecting unemployment with the extra added (maybe while doing a bit of “on the side” work), you have committed fraud and should be arrested and made to return the funds. *This comment based on real events

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 5:26 am
  • Tom W.

    The CARES act should have never been passed with the bribe money to encourage workers to be and stay unemployed, for hospitals, and other places, to claim (without testing) countless cases for $13,000+ and over $40,000 for those on ventilators. Take the time to look it up folks. You be the judge.

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 4:35 pm
  • Sandflea

    Tom W;
    You do know that not wanting to go back to work because of COVID was NOT a valid reason to stay on unemployment; don’t you? If someone did in fact not return to work because of COVID, it was because of the employers decision. An employee could be terminated with just cause using COVID as their excuse; thereby making them ineligible for unemployment benefits. This is on employers. Look it up.

    Saturday, Feb 20 @ 9:05 am
  • surf123

    The government is unlikely to recoup much if any of the money, but enforcement works as determent which does prevent further losses.

    @Tom W. – every government giveaway results is massive fraud and there is no way around it. The people who have a genuine need will always come up short, others will be breakeven and then the rest will commit fraud to get as much as they can knowing that due to the size of the program they probably will not get caught.

    As an example the TARP fraud investigations are still ongoing and that was 10 years ago.

    Saturday, Feb 20 @ 12:59 pm