For Immediate Release: August 28, 2012
Brunswick County Man Arrested For Alleged Disability Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Matthew Scott Cameron, 42, of 1739 Point Windward Place, Shallotte; he is charged with four counts of insurance fraud, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Criminal investigators allege that Cameron filed fraudulent short term disability claims with AFLAC Insurance Company between January and May 2011 for which he received $6,320 in benefits to which he was not entitled.
Cameron was arrested on Aug. 27 with the assistance of parole officers from the North Carolina Department of Correction Division of Community Corrections and held at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility 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.