For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014

Greenville Woman Accused of Forgery

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Amy Eakes, 47, of 1961 NC Highway 33, Greenville; she was charged with one felony count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering of a forged endorsement.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that throughout 2011, Eakes passed multiple fraudulent certificates of liability/workers compensation insurance to building contractors so she could obtain work for C&A Builders even though the company had no such insurance.

Eakes was arrested on May 19 and placed under a $25,000 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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