For Immediate Release: March 5, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Robeson County Man Charged with Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of David Ray Cummings, 56, 1926 Deep Branch Road, Lumberton on one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense following a joint investigation with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division and the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Cummings reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office that his storage unit was robbed of $4,094 worth of property, including a riding lawn mower, in February 2009. Investigators allege that he then filed a padded claim to N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company stating that the property was worth $5,850; the company paid him $3,123.33. Investigators further allege that the lawn mower - among other personal property - was not actually stolen from the unit.

Cummings was processed at the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond; he is scheduled to appear in Robeson County District Court today.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2009, these criminal investigators saw 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 Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous.