For Immediate Release: November 21, 2013

Belhaven Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Scam

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Edward Freeman, 41, of 642 Edward St., Belhaven; he was charged with one count of each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Freeman insured the same vehicle with two different insurance companies and filed multiple claims with each company for damage from the same accident. Direct Auto Insurance and Progressive Insurance paid Freeman more than $8,600 to settle the claims.

Freeman was arrested in Beaufort County on Nov. 20 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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