For Immediate Release: April 7, 2011

Lumberton Insurance Agent Accused of Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Dorchele Susie Brown, 24, of 37 Marion Road, Lumberton; she is charged with one count of embezzlement by an insurance agent.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between September 2009 and January 2010, Brown embezzled $3,537.00 while working as an insurance agent at United Insurance Company of America in Lumberton.

Brown voluntarily surrendered herself to authorities at the Lumberton Police Department on April 6. She was released on a written promise to appear in Robeson County District Court on April 7.

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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