For Immediate Release: January 24, 2014

Charlotte Collection Agency Accused of Operating Without a Permit

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Jacqueline Dianne Okomba, 45, of 3406 Anastasia Court, Charlotte, and Laurence Sessum, 41, of 19 Decker St., Buffalo, N.Y. Both were charged with one count of operating a collection agency without a permit.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that in January 2014, Okomba and Sessum were in violation of N.C.G.S. 58-70-1, which requires a person to obtain a permit from the North Carolina Department of Insurance to operate a collection agency.

Okomba and Sessum were arrested on Jan. 23 in Mecklenburg County. Okomba was placed under a $2,500 bond, and Sessum was placed under a $1,000 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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