For Immediate Release: November 30, 2012
Angier Man Arrested for Allegedly Fraudulent Water Damage Claim
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Donald Lee Hill, 45, of 56 W. Smithfield St., Angier; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on March 28, 2012, Hill submitted a fraudulent claim to Travelers Claims Hartford Auto for more than $6,000 in water damage at his place of business as a result of a failed water supply line. Hill is accused of fabricating two invoices and one estimate for damaged clothing and electronics in an effort to defraud the insurance company.
Hill was arrested on Nov. 29 in Harnett 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 more than 600 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.