Kill Devil Hills woman charged with pandemic-related unemployment fraud

A Kill Devil Hills woman has been charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $40,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release.

Mary Nicole Midgett, 33, faces 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, the release said.

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.

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

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

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