DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
June 24, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
919-807-6011
 
Man Arrested on Charges of "Working While Disabled"
 
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Rhyan Neil Hammonds, 30, 4287 Oakgrove Church Road, Lumberton. According to the arrest warrant, Hammonds filed a disability claim through his employer, Heritage Drywall in Lumberton. Records show he received $5,437 from the workers' compensation claim. However, according to investigators, Hammonds worked at Faith Drywall during the time he claimed to be disabled. In the required workers' compensation paperwork, Hammonds claimed he did not receive any other compensation during the time he was disabled.
 
Granite State Insurance Company, discovered Hammonds working during routine surveillance. He is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. Hammonds was arrested at the Lumberton Police Department. He was released on a promise to appear.
 
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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