For Immediate Release: November 4, 2011

Stanly Co. Man Accused of Filing Claim for Staged Break-in

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kenneth Wayne Jenkins, 25, of 28566 Lot 4, Highway 73, Albemarle; he is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on June 13, 2011, Jenkins fraudulently filed a claim with Integon Insurance for the theft of six stereo components from his vehicle; he later received $1,356.95 from Integon for the reportedly stolen property. Investigators allege that Jenkins staged the theft and pawned the stereo equipment at a Stanly County pawn shop before reporting it stolen.

Jenkins was arrested on Nov. 3 by the Stanly County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $1,000 unsecured 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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