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May 22, 2015 -- Water, Water Everywhere…So Put Safety First!
RALEIGH -- Safe Kids North Carolina, a statewide program, led by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips in an effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and entrapments in swimming pools...

May 7, 2015 -- Person County Woman Accused of Filing Fraudulent Insurance Claims
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lauren W. McDuffie, 48, of 32 L and J Wrenn Road, Roxboro; she is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense...

May 6, 2015 -- Richmond County Woman Accused of Fraudulently Burning Buildings
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kalavatibahen Subhashchandra Patel, 49, of 429 Lumyer Road, Rockingham; she is charged with one count of fraudulently burning a dwelling, one count of burning certain buildings, two counts of insurance fraud...

April 28, 2015 -- Person County Woman Accused of Presenting False Medical Documents
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lauren W. McDuffie, 48, of 32 L and J Wrenn Road, Roxboro; she is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense...

April 28, 2015 -- Leicester Fire District Residents to Receive Free Smoke Alarms During Canvassing Event
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced today that the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal is partnering with local, state and national organizations to provide working smoke alarms...

April 24, 2015 -- Guilford County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lauran Hopper Douglas, 35, of 203 Wind Road, Apt C, Greensboro; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

April 20, 2015 -- Onslow County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud for Alleged False Claims
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Christian Boyer, 23, of 118 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville; he is charged with three counts of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. ...

April 10, 2015 -- Safe Kids NC Partners with Tweetsie Railroad to Host Safe Kids Day
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announces that Safe Kids North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal are partnering with Tweetsie Railroad...

April 10, 2015 -- Safe Kids NC Partners with Aquarium to Host Safe Kids Day
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announces that Safe Kids North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal are partnering with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores...

April 9, 2015 -- Columbus County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud, Staging Car Accident
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Termika Lashe Williams, 31, of 92 Mill Stream Drive, Whiteville; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

April 9, 2015 -- Moore County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud and Attempting to Obtain Property by False Pretense
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Brian James Cole, 27, of 1930 Wadsworth Road, Carthage; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

April 9, 2015 -- Rockingham County Man Accused of Making Fraudulent Insurance Claim
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tony Dow Doyle, 51, of 751 Spring St., Eden; he is charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

April 8, 2015 -- Safe Kids NC Partners with NC Zoo to Host Safe Kids Day
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announces that Safe Kids North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal are partnering with North Carolina Zoo...

April 1, 2015 -- Davidson County Woman Accused of Causing Termination of Employees' Health Insurance
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Sheila Lynn Warner, 56, of 804 Valley Rd, Thomasville; she is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense...

March 27, 2015 -- 2015 Operation Medicine Drop a Success for North Carolina
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is pleased to announce that the 2015 Operation Medicine Drop was the most successful medication take-back campaign held in North Carolina since coordinated take-back efforts began in 2010...

March 25, 2015 -- Surry County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Amanda Nicole Anderson, 39, of 720 Shoals Road, Pinnacle; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

March 25, 2015 -- Granville County Man Accused of Presenting Fraudulent Liability Insurance
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Ronnie Chris Carpenter, 40, of 2054-C Highway 96, Franklinton; he is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense...

March 25, 2014 -- Brunswick County Residents to Receive Free Smoke Alarms During Canvassing Event
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced today that the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal is partnering with local, state and national organizations to provide working smoke alarms...

March 20, 2015 -- Man Accused of Fraudulently Obtaining Fire Department Funds
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Charles Louis Timberlake, 48, of 235 Dick Holeman Road, Timberlake, Person County...

March 17, 2015 -- Bladen County Couple Accused of Insurance Fraud after House Fire
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Bradley Jerome Townsend, 39, and Moneat Carr Townsend, 37, both of 7614 Hwy 41 East, Elizabethtown...

March 13, 2015 -- Operation Medicine Drop Aims to Prevent Poisonings
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin encourages North Carolinians to safely dispose of unused or expired medications during Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, 2015, at one of more than 220 Operation Medicine Drop events around the state...

March 6, 2015 -- Anson County Woman Accused of Making False Car Insurance Claim
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Brittany Lemay Clark, 34, of 1724 NC 742 South, Wadesboro; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

March 6, 2015 -- Former Firefighter Accused of Embezzling Department Funds
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jonathan Shane Cassell, 26, of 111 N. Teachey Road, Wallace; he is charged with 30 counts each of embezzlement and...

March 5, 2015 -- Former Chief Accused of Embezzling Fire Department Funds in Onslow County
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Matthew Tiernan Champney, 38, of 445 Patriots Point Lane, Swansboro; he has been charged with one count of embezzlement...

March 5, 2015 -- Pender County Business Owner Accused of Faking Insurance Certificates
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of James Quinn, 52, of 85 Golfers Drive, Hampstead; he is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense...

March 4, 2015 -- Columbus County Woman Arrested for Car Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Stephanie Davis, 40, of 5410 General Howe Highway, Riegelwood , Columbus County; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

February 24, 2015 -- Goodwin Reminds North Carolinians of Anthem Breach Identity Protection
RALEIGH -- Anthem has reported that as of Feb. 23, 2015, there are more than 775,000 members of health plans in North Carolina known to be affected by a massive data breach discovered in late January. Those affected include 601,347 members of Anthem plans, 110,434 members of non-Anthem plans (including...

February 13, 2015 -- Wake County Man Accused of Making Fraudulent Car Insurance Claims
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Henry Rodriguez Watson, 44, of 6409 Hazelfield Court, Wendell; he is charged with four counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

February 13, 2015 -- Halifax County Man Arrested for Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Robert Earl Bland, 33, of 780 William St., Roanoke Rapids; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

February 11, 2015 -- Goodwin Announces $26 Million in Recoveries and Savings for North Carolinians
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that the North Carolina Department of Insurance saved or recovered more than $26.6 million for North Carolinians in 2014...

February 10, 2015 -- Couple Accused of Burning Wallace Home for Insurance Money
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Darnell Rivers, 51, and Shaunetta Fairley, 31, both formerly of 155-E Carol C MHP, Lot 27, Wallace...

February 10, 2015 -- Man Accused of Making False Burglary Claim in Thomasville
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Robert Shawn Reedy, 37, of 3583 Cedar Lane, Roanoke, Va.; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and filing a false police report...

February 6, 2015 -- Tabor City Man Arrested for Alleged Car Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Norrel Miller, 25, of 67 Vinegar Hill Road, Tabor City; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

February 2, 2015 -- First Full Year a Success for North Carolina's Captive Insurance Program
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is pleased to report that North Carolina's captive insurance program exceeded expectations in its first full year in operation...

February 2, 2015 -- Insurance Agent Arrested for Alleged Embezzlement in Wilmington
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Amneris Deleon, 34, of 2117 Princess Place Drive, Wilmington; she is charged with one count each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property...

January 16, 2015 -- NCDOI Arrests High Point Woman for Alleged Forgery
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Deaven Lea Brooks, 36, of 112 Price St., Apartment C, High Point; she has been charged with one count each of insurance fraud and forgery...

January 16, 2015 -- Durham Man Accused of Insurance Fraud After Car Accident
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of David Edward Goodman, 50, of 3203 Hursey St., Durham; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

January 9, 2015 -- Insurance Companies Request Rate Change for Mobile Home Policies
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a mobile homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The N.C. Rate Bureau is not part of the Department of Insurance and represents all companies writing mobile homeowners insurance in the state...