For Immediate Release: July 2, 2013

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Diego Garrett, 34, of 3700 Cotswold Terrace, Greensboro; he was charged with four counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Garrett accepted $5,666 in insurance premiums from four individuals and issued them fraudulent workers compensation insurance certificates when in fact no policies existed.

Garrett was arrested on July 2 in Guilford County and released on a written 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 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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