For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012

Department of Insurance Arrests Rocky Mount Man for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Taliferro Antiona Blue, 40, of 105 Milestone Court, Rocky Mount; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and impersonating an attorney.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that, following a 2011 automobile accident, Blue presented a fictitious bank statement to State Farm Insurance Company for payments he claimed to have made to Nash General Hospital for medical treatment. Investigators allege that he submitted other fraudulent documents to State Farm in which he represented himself as an attorney. State Farm reimbursed Blue $3,000 for medical bills according to the limits of his policy.

Blue was arrested on June 27 in Edgecombe County and placed under a $10,000 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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