For Immediate Release: June 16, 2014

Kenansville Man Arrested After Car Found Burned in Onslow County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Michael Anthony Rumfalo, 40, of 356 Dark Branch Road, Kenansville; he was charged with one count each of burning personal property, insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and filing a false police report.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Rumfalo fraudulently reported his vehicle stolen on Oct. 18, 2013, and provided false statements to Esurance Insurance Company to support that claim. Rumfalo is accused of burning the vehicle, which was recovered in Onslow County. Rumfalo, who lived in Hubert at the time of the incident, did not receive any insurance funds.

Rumfalo was arrested on June 13 after a joint investigation with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $15,000 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 1,000 arrests, resulting in more than 500 criminal convictions with more than 200 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $61 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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