For Immediate Release: September 13, 2011

Wake County Bondsman Arrested in Undercover Sting

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Laporcia Demeka Jones, 24, of 400 Queen Guenevere Trail, Garner; she is charged with one count of misdemeanor soliciting by a bail bondsman.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Sept. 9, Jones, a licensed surety bondsman in North Carolina, solicited two undercover agents for bail bonding on the premises of Wake County Public Safety Center and Jail in violation of North Carolina General Statute 58-71-95(6), which states that no bail bondsman shall solicit business in or around any place where prisoners are confined.

The Department of Insurance and Wake County Sheriff's Office conducted the joint investigation to target unlicensed bail bondsmen and the solicitation of bonds on or around the premises of the Wake County Public Safety Center and Jail.

Jones was arrested on Sept. 10 and placed under a $1,000 secured 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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