For Immediate Release: March 24, 2011

Concord Man Accused of Making Duplicate Insurance Claims

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Dennis Best, 42, of 119 Winecoff Ave. NW, Concord; he is charged with two counts of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that, on two occasions, Best made duplicate claims to Allstate Insurance for vehicle damage.

Best is accused of fraudulently obtaining $1,068.44 from the insurance company in July 2009 for scratches to the roof, trunk and right quarter panel of the vehicle when he had already received payment for this damage in claim filed in June 2009.

Investigators allege that Best received $761.23 from the insurance company in September 2009 for scratches made to the right front and rear doors and a dent on the front passenger door when he had already received payment for the damage in a claim filed in August 2009.

Best was arrested in Cabarrus County on March 22 and placed under a $1,000 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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