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April 30, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Former Vice-Principal Arrested for Second Time
Charges include Forging a Prescription of a Controlled Substance and Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of William Anthony Cominos Jr., 46, 1105 Pinewood Dr., Raleigh. Cominos, a former vice-principal of an Alexander County high school, is charged with four counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and one count of insurance fraud.
According to an investigation that started with the State Bureau of Investigations, Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, Cominos gave the fraudulent prescriptions to Wake County pharmacies four times between October 2007 and October 2008. Investigators allege that Cominos took an original legitimate prescription for Oxycodone, altered it to get additional medication and then authorized the claims be submitted to Guardian Life Insurance Company.
Cominos was also arrested in 2008 and charged with the same type of crimes in Alexander County. The SBI initiated that investigation. Cominos is no longer employed at the Alexander County school.
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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