DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
April 8, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Insurance Agent Arrested for Staging Accidents
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Robert Gene Killens, 51, 1005 N. Elm St., Lumberton. According to the investigation, Killens staged an accident in Lumberton on Feb. 1, 2009. Lumberton Police investigated the initial accident. Killens filed a fraudulent claim with Nationwide Insurance. Killens is a self-employed life, accident and health insurance agent.
Killens is charged with one count of insurance fraud. He was taken to the Robeson County Detention Center and released on a $5,000 unsecured 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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