For Immediate Release: January 17, 2013

Stanly County Man Arrested for Allegedly Inflated Rental Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Timothy Ray Blizzard, 41, of 532 Catalina Drive, Albemarle; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Blizzard submitted an initial and supplemental insurance claim that inflated the amount of property damaged and/or destroyed during a Sept. 14, 2011 fire at a residence he was renting in Norwood.

Blizzard was arrested by the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 14 and released on a $2,500 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 16,800 complaints, resulting in 720 arrests and 380 criminal convictions. These efforts have delivered more than $50 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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