For Immediate Release: August 25, 2011

Johnston County Bail Bondsman Arrested

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Niki Deshawn Daniels, 37, of 112 Pet Rock Court, Clayton; he is charged with one count each of felony obstruction of justice, perjury, fraudulent or dishonest practices and unlawful business associations.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Aug. 17, Daniels, a bail bondsman for DNA Bail Bonding of Smithfield, made false statements before a Robeson County magistrate in an affidavit for an appearance bond for pretrial release. Investigators also allege that Daniels has engaged in business activities with individuals who have had their bail bonding licenses revoked.

With the assistance of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Department of Insurance investigators arrested Daniels on Aug. 24. He was placed under $75,000 secured bond in Robeson County and scheduled to appear in Robeson County District Court on Aug. 25.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2008, criminal investigators have received more than 11,000 complaints resulting in 505 arrests, 286 criminal convictions, and more than 100 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $44 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.

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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