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Officials: Woman arrested after claiming engagement, wedding rings stolen

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WAXHAW, NC (WBTV) -

State investigators say a Waxhaw woman has been arrested after she filed a false insurance report, claiming her engagement and wedding rings had been stolen... for the second time this year.

According to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, 38-year-old Tina Marie Ruggieri, of Waxhaw, has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators say Ruggieri attempted to fraudulently obtain $10,000 from Universal North American Insurance Company by falsely claiming that her engagement ring and wedding band set was stolen from her home during a burglary.

When the insurance company asked her about the claim, Ruggieri changed her story and withdrew it.

Investigators say it wasn't the first time she had claimed the rings had been stolen.

In June, Ruggieri reportedly got $11,529 from Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company after making a false claim that the same engagement ring and wedding band set had mysteriously disappeared from her home.

Ruggieri was arrested with the assistance of the Union County Sheriff's Office on Friday and placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

She is expected to appear at the Union County District Court on Nov. 21.

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