For Immediate Release: March 14, 2013

Mecklenburg Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

Department of Insurance seeks a second suspect in the case

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Calvin Brooks, 28, of 4626 Rock Stream Drive, Charlotte; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

The Department of Insurance requests assistance from the public in locating an additional suspect, Torran Phillips, 35, of 6527 W. Rockwell Blvd., Charlotte; he is wanted on one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Brooks and Phillips filed a fraudulent insurance claim with Hartford Insurance Company after a July 31, 2012, car accident in Charlotte. Investigators allege that Brooks and Phillips exaggerated the amount of damage to their vehicle and the extent of their medical injuries in an attempt to defraud the insurance company.

Brooks was arrested on March 13 in Mecklenburg County and held on $5,000 secured bond.

Criminal investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Phillips. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the North Carolina Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.

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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