For Immediate Release: July 10, 2013

Cumberland County Woman Arrested for Allegedly Filing False Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Ambre Rivera, 26, of 5329 Ramsey St., Fayetteville; she was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Rivera filed a false police report stating that a wedding ring and several credit cards were stolen from her residence. Investigators accuse Rivera of retaining possession of those items while filing a fraudulent insurance claim with USAA Insurance Company for which she was paid $1,250.

Rivera was arrested on July 9, processed at the Cumberland County Prisoner Intake Facility and placed under a $2,500 unsecured 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 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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