For Immediate Release: May 26, 2011

Department of Insurance Investigation Leads to Halifax County Man's Arrest

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Andre Dejuan Day, 35, of 133 August Lane, Roanoke Rapids; he is charged with one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obstruction of justice.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Day attempted to defraud the State of North Carolina of $500 by filing false statements in connection with a court motion to have bond forfeitures set aside. The investigation was initiated after the Greene County Clerk of Superior Court office filed a complaint with NCDOI's Criminal Investigations Division.

Day was arrested and processed at the Halifax County Jail by DOI investigators on the above Greene County charges on May 24. He was placed under a $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Greene County court on June 24.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 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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