For Immediate Release: August 12, 2011

Mecklenburg County Man Arrested in Alleged Auto Insurance Scam

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lee Shawn Johnson, 42, of 1638 Marble Hill Drive, Charlotte; he is charged with four counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between August and December 2010, Johnson filed automobile insurance claims with four insurance companies for the same vehicle damage. Johnson received an undisclosed amount of money for the claims from Alfa Alliance Insurance, Universal Insurance, Donegal Insurance, and GMAC Insurance.

Johnson was arrested on Aug. 9 in Mecklenburg County and placed under a $12,000 secured 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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