DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
Feb. 24, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
919-807-6011
 
Eighth Person Arrested in Accident Fraud Ring
 
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Keith Devon Acklin, 28, 1017 W. 4th St., Greenville, on one charge of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Acklin is the eighth person arrested in what investigators are calling an auto insurance fraud ring that they allege operated for four years and staged accidents worth more than $100,000 in phony insurance payments from GMAC Insurance Company.
 
Acklin appeared before a Pitt County magistrate and is being held under a $50,000 secured bond awaiting extradition to Wayne County. Acklin is the younger brother of another suspect in this case, Rayon Lamont Artis. Artis has been in custody since Dec. 3, 2008.
 
The Greenville City Police assisted with this arrest and has been involved throughout the investigation.
 
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2008, these investigators saw more than 453 cases successfully closed with more than $5.8 million in restitution and recoveries, 60 criminal convictions and 130 arrests.
 
To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Investigations Division at (919) 807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at the NC-DOI Web site.
 
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