For Immediate Release: March 18, 2011

Raleigh Man Accused of Insurance Fraud Involving Vehicle Damage

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tuan Anh Bui, 35, of 2160 Haig Point Way, Raleigh; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, and two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance investigators accuse Bui of filing vandalism claims with multiple insurance companies for the same vehicle damage. Charges stem from alleged fraudulent claims filed with North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance and Progressive on Feb. 1, and with Nationwide on Dec. 26, 2010. Additional charges stemming from claims made with other insurance companies are pending.

The Department of Insurance opened the criminal investigation after receiving a tip from North Carolina Farm Bureau. Investigators arrested Bui on March 15 with the assistance of the Knightdale Police Department; Bui was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 21 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2010, these criminal investigators successfully closed 402 cases and made 126 arrests, leading to 88 criminal convictions. These resulted in more than $21.1 million in restitution and recoveries-more than double the dollar amount from the previous year and a record for NCDOI.

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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