For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014

Cumberland County Residents Accused of Unlicensed Bail Bonds Activity

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Brunhilde B. Ross, 55, of 195 North Riley Road, Fayetteville, and Michael Worriax, 39, of 514 Town St., Hope Mills.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on May 6, 2012, Ross, while acting as a licensed bail bondsman, attempted to apprehend a suspect wanted on a bail violation using the assistance of Worriax, who is not a licensed bail bondsman.

Ross was arrested on Jan. 28 and charged with one count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed bail bondsman. She was placed under a $3,000 bond and is due in court on March 3.

Worriax was arrested on Jan. 28 and charged with one count of acting as a bail bondsman without a license. He was placed under a $3,000 and is also due in court March 3.

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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