For Immediate Release: May 23, 2014

Duplin County Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Reginal Crews, 54, of 213 N. College St., Wallace; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and filing a false police report.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Crews of providing false and misleading information to Allstate Insurance Company and filing a false police report in support of a claim related to injuries and property damage he sustained in an April 30, 2013, car accident with the company's insured. Investigators allege that the accident never occurred.

Crews was arrested on May 22 with the assistance of the Duplin County Sheriff's Office and Wallace Police Department. He was 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.

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