For Immediate Release: July 26, 2011

Department of Insurance and NC State Bureau of Investigation Collaborate to Arrest Brunswick County Couple

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Eric Proctor King, 35, and Leah Rasa Cunningham, 41, both of 1450 Grace Road, Southport, after a joint investigation by the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. King and Cunningham were arrested on July 25 in Brunswick County; both were charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Criminal investigators allege that King and Cunningham made false statements to GMAC Insurance regarding a traffic accident in which Cunningham was involved on January 27, 2011, in Brunswick County. As a result of the allegedly fraudulent accident claim, GMAC Insurance made payments of more than $10,000 to King.

Each subject was placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond, and both are scheduled to appear in Brunswick County Superior Court on Sept. 20.

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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