For Immediate Release: December 11, 2013

Rocky Mount Man Arrested for Allegedly Filing Duplicate Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tony Rae Oxendine, 60, of 1717 Benvenue Forest Drive, Rocky Mount; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and common law forgery.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Oxendine filed claims with two different insurance companies for the same damage to his roof. The first insurer, Safeco Insurance Company, paid Oxendine more than $9,000 for the first half of the roofing repair cost. Investigators allege Oxendine filed a second claim with North Carolina Farm Bureau for the same damage. Oxendine is also accused of forging his wife's signature on the second homeowners insurance policy after the first policy was cancelled because he did not complete the necessary claims paperwork.

Oxendine turned himself in to Nash County law enforcement on Dec. 10 and was placed under a $5,000 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 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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