For Immediate Release: May 29, 2014

Department of Insurance Charges Man with Insurance Fraud in Wilson

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Clay Pettway, 48, no known address; 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 Nov. 21, 2013, and Feb. 2, 2014, Pettway filed fraudulent insurance claims with two insurance companies for lost wages and medical costs he said he incurred after being hit by motor vehicles in two separate accidents. Investigators claim that the motor vehicle accidents did not happen and accuse Pettway of filing false documentation to support his claims.

Pettway was arrested on May 25 with the assistance of the Wilson Police Department and placed under a $2,500 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