For Immediate Release: May 13, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Five Bail Bondsmen Arrested for Breaking and Entering, Three Suspects Still At Large

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of fire bail bondsmen and the continued search for three additional bail agents. Department investigators allege that the bail agents were involved in an attempted apprehension in which they broke into a home without permission. One of the bondsmen was also charged with acting as a bondsman without a license.

The following were arrested and charged with one count each of breaking and entering; they were processed at Guilford County Sheriff's Office and released on a written promise to appear:

The following are also accused of breaking and entering, but are still at large. Anyone with information about their whereabouts should contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840:

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.