DOI News

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July 2, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Man Charged in Six Year old Crime
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of John Fitzgerald Haynes, 43, 434 W. Indiana Ave., Bessemer City. According to the arrest warrant, Haynes filed a claim with N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance in August 2003 for his 1967 Chevrolet truck. Haynes claimed that the truck was stolen and received $4,500 from Farm Bureau. In April, after an outside tip, officials at N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance notified the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division that the pick-up truck might actually be at an address in Shelby. Investigators located the vehicle and discovered that the original VIN number had been removed. According to investigators, Haynes was still driving the truck with a different VIN number.
Haynes has been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of altering serial numbers. He was arrested and placed in the Cleveland County jail under a $10,000 bond. Investigators say other charges may follow.
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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