For Immediate Release: March 15, 2012

Charlotte Man Arrested, Accused of Filing False Lost Wages Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Marvin Angelo Ross, 48, of 11706 Five Cedars Road, Charlotte; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Investigators allege that on Dec. 9, 2011, Ross forged his work supervisor’s signature on a lost wages form and claimed double the amount he was actually owed by listing fraudulent dates that he was out of work due to an injury. The form was presented to Allstate Insurance in an attempt to collect lost wages from his landlord’s rental and homeowner’s insurance policy. Ross’ work supervisor told investigators that he had never seen the form and verified that the signature on the form was not his.

Ross was arrested on March 14 in Mecklenburg County and released after posting a $2,000 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 14,000 complaints, resulting in 602 arrests, 333 criminal convictions and more than 110 pending court cases. These efforts have delivered more than $48.5 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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