For Immediate Release: June 11, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam or Kerry Hall: 919-807-6011

Husband and Wife Arrested on Bail Bonding Charges

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Jamie Rebecca Taylor, 34, and Anthony Taylor, 39, both of 306 Linen Lane, Goldsboro.

Investigators allege that in March 2009, licensed bondsman Jamie Taylor used her unlicensed husband, Anthony Taylor, and another unlicensed man, Ricky Thomas, to apprehend a Wayne County defendant for whom she had received a bond forfeiture.

Jamie Taylor is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting unlicensed bail bonding. Anthony Taylor is charged with unlicensed bail bonding. A warrant has been issued for Thomas' arrest for unlicensed bail bonding.

The Taylors were processed at the Wayne County Jail, and each was released on a $500 unsecured bond.

Department of Insurance investigators have seen a 66 percent increase in unlicensed bail bondsman criminal cases in the past two years. While this type of crime has been a problem for the past decade, Department investigators are cracking down on unlicensed bail bondsmen across the state.

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. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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