For Immediate Release: April 12, 2012

Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Impersonating a Bail Bondsman

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Barry Eugene Hicks, 53, of 7115 Old Greensboro Road, Chapel Hill; he is charged with one count each of kidnapping, felonious restraint, obtaining property by false pretense, and impersonating a bail bondsman.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on March 4, 2012, Hicks claimed to be working for a bail bonding company in Robeson County and took a man into custody in Rowland. However, Hicks’ bail bonding license had been revoked on March 2, and the man claimed not to be the person the bonding company was looking for. A Robeson County magistrate determined the man was not wanted by the bonding company and had no criminal record; the man was subsequently released from custody.

Hicks was arrested on April 11 with the assistance of Orange County Sheriff’s deputies, brought before a Robeson County magistrate, and held on a $32,500.00 secured bond. His next court date is scheduled for May 7, 2012, in Robeson County Superior Court.

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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