For Immediate Release: April 4, 2014

Robeson County Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tracy Franklin Lowery, Jr., 38, of 1652 U.S. Highway 501, Maxton; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Lowery provided false and misleading information to Erie Insurance Company regarding a claim he filed after a burglary of his residence in November 2013.

Lowery was arrested on April 1 and released 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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