DOI News

For Immediate Release: Contacts:
January 25, 2010 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Greensboro Man Arrested on Charges of Insurance Fraud
Suspect submitted claims for more than $8,000 in custom suits
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Gayland Anthony Oliver, 44, 4214 Lord Jeff Dr., Greensboro, on charges of submitting false claims to his insurance company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Oliver allegedly claimed $8,099.73 worth of custom tailored suits were destroyed in a structure fire on May 13, 2009. During a claims investigation by State Farm, the invoices submitted for payment were found to be fraudulent and did not reflect the true cost of the suits.
Oliver is charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was processed at the Guilford County Sherriff's Office and placed under a written promise to appear. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 1.
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 413 cases successfully closed with more than $10.5 million in restitution and recoveries, 89 criminal convictions and 175 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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