For Immediate Release: June 11, 2010

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

Bondsman Arrested After Allegedly Taking Tips From Jailer

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Wycliffe Deneen-Niko Harrigan, 38, of 149 Viburn Way, Carrboro.

On May 6, the Orange County Sheriff's Office ran an undercover operation on a tip that one of their jailers was giving Harrigan, a bail bondsman, inside information about arrestees who needed to be bonded out of jail. The jailer involved was arrested.

A subsequent investigation by the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division lead to Harrigan's arrest. Harrigan is charged with one count of aiding and abetting unlicensed bail bonding. He was processed at the Orange County Jail and released on a written promise to appear.

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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