For Immediate Release: May 2, 2014
Bladen County Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Samuel Nathaniel Sartor, 32, of 600 Mercer Road, Apt. 10A, Elizabethtown; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Feb. 8, 2014, Sartor provided false and misleading information to Sentry Insurance Company in an attempt to collect funds for damage to his vehicle, even though he had previously filed a claim for that damage and had been paid by State Farm Insurance Company.
Sartor was arrested by the Elizabethtown Police Department on May 1and 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.