For Immediate Release: August 26, 2011

Department of Insurance Investigators Arrest Cabarrus County Man for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of James Wesley Morrison, 31, of 918 Grace Ave., Kannapolis; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on July 10, 2011, Morrison submitted an insurance claim stating that his car had been stolen and set on fire. Investigators accuse Morrison of being behind on his car payments and intentionally setting the car on fire in an attempt to collect $13,650 from InsTrust Insurance Company.

Department of Insurance investigators arrested Morrison on Aug. 25 in Cabarrus County, and he was released with no bond.

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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