For Immediate Release: June 26, 2012

Wake County Investor Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Nasir Craig Dukes, 31, of 306 Terra Verde Drive #342, Raleigh; he was charged with one count of insurance fraud.

The North Carolina Department of Insurance was contacted by the owners of Raleigh-based GM&M Contracting who alleged that Dukes, a local property investor, manipulated their company's documentation so that he could file a fraudulent insurance claim. Upon investigation, Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Dukes used a GM&M spreadsheet to submit a fraudulent invoice to Erie Insurance Company for work at 8332 La Matisse Road, Raleigh, when GM&M did not perform construction work at that address.

Dukes was arrested on June 26 at the Wake County Jail and placed under a $10,000 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 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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