For Immediate Release: October 21, 2011

Man Uses Mother's Car for Alleged Insurance Fraud Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Gerald Lamont Warren, 31, of 1919 Horne Road, Pendleton; he is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that in January 2010, Warren sold his mother's 1999 Honda Accord to a Greensboro car dealership. In June 2010, Warren reported the vehicle stolen from Nash County, leading his mother to file a claim with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Investigators allege that Warren's mother was unaware of the vehicle sale and received a claim check for $3,678.83.

In May 2011, an investigator with Nationwide Insurance contacted the Department of Insurance after an inspector from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle's Theft Bureau recovered the vehicle from the dealership.

Warren turned himself in at the Northampton County Sheriff's Department on Oct. 21 and was placed under a $2,500 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 11,500 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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