For Immediate Release: May 23, 2014
Jacksonville Man Accused of Insurance Fraud
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Pete Monroe Johnson, 35, of 96 Eastgate Drive, Jacksonville; 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 allege that on Nov. 8, 2013, Johnson provided false and misleading information to Nationwide Insurance and filed a false police report in support of an insurance claim related to a break-in and vandalism at his home.
Johnson was arrested on May 20 with the assistance of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and placed 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.