For Immediate Release: June 21, 2013

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Steven Antwan Poole, 28, of 3715 Mosby Drive, Greensboro; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Poole altered dates, forged doctors’ signatures and submitted fraudulent disability claim documents to Cuna Mutual Insurance Company for an injury he sustained at work on May 7, 2010. Investigators allege that Poole’s injury was supported by physicians’ documentation from May 7, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2010, and that he fabricated documentation to support disability claims payments until Jan. 20, 2013, resulting in an $11,200 overpayment.

Poole turned himself in to the Guilford County Magistrate’s Office on June 20, and was arrested and released on a written promise to appear in court. His court date is set for Aug., 1, 2013.

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 18,600 complaints, resulting in 800 arrests and 430 criminal convictions. These efforts have delivered more than $55 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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