For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013

Forsyth County Bondsman Charged with Impersonating an NCDOI Officer

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Christopher David Manning, 24, of 160 Longbridge Drive, Kernersville; he was charged with one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, an act prohibited by the North Carolina general statutes relating to licensed bail bondsmen.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on April 18, while working as a licensed bail bondsman, Manning attempted to enter the Forsyth County Hall of Justice and conduct business while impersonating a law enforcement officer with the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Forsyth County Sheriffs Office and the Winston Salem Police Department.

Manning was arrested on May 1 in Greensboro where he was processed and released on a promise to appear in court.

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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