For Immediate Release: November 22, 2013

Atkinson Man Accused of Making Fraudulent Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Kim Leverne Pyatt, 42, of 223 West Red Cross St., Atkinson; he was charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Pyatt submitted fraudulent medical documents to Allstate Insurance Company in support of a claim for reimbursement for medical treatment he received as the result of an injury at his home.

Pyatt was arrested on Nov. 21 and placed under a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Pender County District Court on Nov. 26.

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 more than 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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