DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
March 18, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Man Involved in 36 Crashes, Accused of Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jonathan Christian Jones, 39, 803 South Boots St., Marion, Ind. Jones is charged with 11 counts of insurance fraud. Department of Insurance investigators allege that Jones filed claims for more than $10,000 in damages for staged accidents. The false claims were for 11 crashes between December 2005 and June 2008.
But according to a report from the N.C. Department of Transportation, Jones was involved in a total of 36 crashes between April 2000 and January 2007. Acting on a tip from the NCDOT, Department investigators began a yearlong investigation that also involved the N.C. Highway Patrol and the Lumberton and Pembroke police departments.
"Every year criminals cost the citizens of this state million of dollars," said Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. "My investigators are committed to stopping fraud and saving taxpayers' money."
Jones is also charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense and nine counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He was previously arrested by investigators in June and charged with one count of insurance fraud. He has been placed under a $20,000 secured bond.
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.
An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. 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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