For Immediate Release: October 24, 2013

Henderson Man Accused of Falsifying Insurance Documentation

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Zuri Girad Sneed, 22, of 841 State St., Henderson; he was charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Sneed attempted to defraud GEICO Insurance Company of $3,700 by submitting fraudulent documentation in support of an insurance claim for damage to his motorcycle as a result of an Aug. 19, 2013, accident.

Sneed was arrested in Vance County on Oct. 23 and placed under a $5,000 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 made more than 800 arrests, resulting in 430 criminal convictions thus far. 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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