For Immediate Release: January 6, 2014

Recovered Motorcycle Leads to Arrest of Sampson County Man

RALEIGH -- — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Scottie Lee Barnes, 39, of 13693 Garland Highway, Garland; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that in May 2005, Barnes arranged for a friend to dispose of his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, for which he subsequently filed a fraudulent stolen vehicle claim with North Carolina Farm Bureau and received $15,350. The motorcycle was recovered by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles in April 2013.

Barnes was arrested on Jan. 5 by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $10,000 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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