For Immediate Release: April 18, 2012

Alleged Hit and Run Accident Leads to Insurance Fraud Charges

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Ernest Franklin Bibus II, 36, of 5417 Dona Road, Julian; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on January 18, 2012, Bibus filed a claim with North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company stating that he struck several deer on Highway 68 in Oak Ridge and damaged his vehicle, for which Farm Bureau paid him $6,000. Farm Bureau representatives notified the Department of Insurance after a North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigation found that Bibus had actually struck two vehicles and left the scene.

Bibus was arrested on April 12 by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and released on a written promise to appear in court on May 11, 2012.

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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