For Immediate Release: July 13, 2012

Allegedly Fraudulent Applications Lead to Arrest of Rocky Mount Insurance Agent

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jason Everett Alston, 28, of 3824 Cornerstone Court, Rocky Mount; he is charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Alston - while working as an insurance agent for AFLAC Insurance Company - received approximately $7,165.74 in unearned commissions by submitting fraudulent and unsanctioned insurance applications. Alston is accused of submitting applications in the names of family members and friends without their consent, as well as submitting numerous policies written in his own name between May 2009 and March 2010.

With the assistance of Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Alston was arrested July 12, 2012 in Nash County and placed under a $5,000 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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