DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contact:
September 25, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Holly Springs Man Charged with Claiming False Lightning Damage
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Earl Harvey Scott, 40, 105 Ployanthus Place, Holly Springs. According to the arrest warrants, Scott lied to his insurance companies and claimed a total of $33,971.91 in fraudulent lightning damage.
Scott allegedly claimed to hear a loud boom and then his plasma television, blue-ray player and other high-end electronics stopped working. Scott allegedly made up work orders for a repair company that does not exist and used his own post office box on the fraudulent documents.
Scott is charged with two counts of insurance fraud and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was processed at the Wake County Jail and held under a $20,000 secured bond. U.S. Postal Inspector Chris Davis assisted in the investigation.
The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. So far in 2009, these criminal investigators have seen more than 241 cases successfully closed with more than $9.7 million in restitution and recoveries, 67 criminal convictions and 123 arrests and 92 cases pending in court.
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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