For Immediate Release: June 25, 2010

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

Raleigh Woman Arrested for Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Annette J. Porter, 47, of 719 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh; she was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department investigators allege that Porter defrauded Nationwide Insurance in the amount of $2,916. In September 2009, Nationwide sent Porter a check in that amount to settle a claim that was filed after she was injured in an automobile accident. Porter allegedly told Nationwide she did not receive the check and requested a replacement. An investigation found Porter received and cashed both checks.

Porter was processed at the Wake County Public Safety Center and placed under a $3,000 secured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. To date in 2010, these criminal investigators have seen more than 150 cases successfully closed with more than $3.5 million in restitution and recoveries, more than 30 criminal convictions and more than 50 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.