For Immediate Release: February 8, 2012

Wilmington Credit Agent Arrested in Alleged Embezzlement Case

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Rhonda Lee Drewery, 43, of 1148 Rivage Promenade, Wilmington; she is charged with embezzlement of more than $100,000.

Investigators allege that from January 2010 to March 2011, Drewery - while acting as a licensed credit agent and owner/operator of Carolina Dealer Development Group in Wilmington - embezzled more than $100,000 in motor club and GAP insurance premiums from 665 individuals. Drewery contracted with all of the Capital Ford Dealerships, Inc., and Nation Motor Club/Nation Safe Drivers to sell and manage these products.

Drewery was arrested on Feb. 8 in Wake County and is being held under a $50,000 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 2009, criminal investigators have received more than 13,500 complaints, resulting in 575 arrests, 320 criminal convictions, and more than 109 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $47.9 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 on the Department of Insurance website.

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