For Immediate Release: October 17, 2011

Bail Bondsman Accused of Fraudulently Cashing Bond Collateral Check

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Robert Anthony Poole, 44, of 1403 Cozart St., Durham; he is charged with one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on or about Feb. 18, 2010, while acting as a bail bondsman, Poole attempted to cash a $1,000 check that had been given to him as collateral on a Durham County bond. Investigators allege that the case against the defendant had already been disposed of at the time Poole attempted to cash the check, and therefore, the check should have been returned. According to investigators, Poole claimed that he attempted to cash the check in an effort to collect bond fees that he was still owed.

Poole was arrested on Oct. 14, processed at the Durham County Jail and released without 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 11,500 complaints, resulting in 550 arrests, 300 criminal convictions, and more than 115 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $47.6 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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