For Immediate Release: June 27, 2011

Haywood County Insurance Agent Accused of Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Alicia Ann Wilson, 31, of 759 Scruggs Circle, Canton; she is charged with three counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between January 2009 and January 2011, Wilson embezzled $16,580.00 while working as an insurance agent for the Haywood County North Carolina Farm Bureau.

Wilson surrendered herself to authorities and was processed at the Haywood County Sheriff's Office on June 24 and was placed under a $5,000.00 unsecured bond.

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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