For Immediate Release: August 10, 2011

Manufactured Home Dealer Accused of Taking Payments and Not Delivering Homes

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Roger Leon King, 55, of 358 Williamson Road, Mills River; he is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

The Manufactured Building Division of the Department of Insurance received two consumer complaints regarding King's business, Roger King DBA: Repo Connection, of Hendersonville. The Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division then began an investigation into the manufactured home dealer.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on April 1, 2011, a customer paid King $33,000 for a manufactured home. After months of contact and promises of delivery, the customer contacted the home manufacturer directly and was told that the home had been ordered by the dealer; however, since no payment had been received, the home was never constructed.

In addition, criminal investigators allege that on May 12, 2011, another customer gave King $61,000 as payment-in-full for a manufactured home. Again, after months of contact and promises of delivery, the customer contacted the home manufacturer directly and was told that the home had been ordered by the dealer; however, since no payment had been received, the home was never constructed.

King was arrested on Aug. 9 in Henderson County and placed under a $45,000 secured bond.

If you suspect that you are a potential victim of King DBA, or of a similar financial scheme, you are encouraged to contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840 or toll-free at 888-680-7684.

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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