For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013

Insurance Fraud Suspect Arrested on Arrival at RDU

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Arkadiusz Waldemar Kyc, 39, who fled from prosecution in Wake County to an address in Poland; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on May 1, 2011, Kyc filed a fraudulent insurance claim with Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, stating that his Raleigh residence had been burglarized of jewelry and other items. After settling the claim with Kyc for $1,900.44, Liberty Mutual’s special investigations unit was informed by Kyc’s estranged wife that on two occasions she had returned to Kyc’s home with Raleigh police officers and retrieved the items he claimed were stolen.

Kyc turned himself in to Department of Insurance criminal investigators at Raleigh Durham International Airport on Feb. 26 after disembarking from an Air Canada flight and was held on a $25,000 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 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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