For Immediate Release: July 23, 2013

Raleigh Man Arrested for Alleged Disability Scam

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Lisimba Tafirenyika, 55, of 2909 Bath Circle, Raleigh; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that between May 2011 and November 2012, Tafirenyika collected more than $29,000 in fraudulent disability insurance payments from Unum Insurance Company. Investigators accuse Tafirenyika of being gainfully employed during that time and unentitled to those benefits.

Tafirenyika was arrested on July 22, processed at the Wake County Jail and placed under a $6,000 secured 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