For Immediate Release: June 24, 2014

Charlotte Man Accused of Hail Damage Insurance Claim Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest Ronald Leonard Pierce, 56, of 4917 Cedar Forest Drive, Charlotte; he was charged with 108 charges of obtaining property by false pretense.

After a yearlong investigation, North Carolina Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Pierce was acting as a public adjuster without a license to provide those services for two of his businesses, Clear Choice Construction and Piedmont Disaster Services. Pierce is accused of providing inflated hail damage repair estimates to homeowners and receiving $450,000 in fraudulent claim payments from the insurance companies from 2012 to the beginning of 2013.

Pierce was arrested on June 21 in Mecklenburg County and was placed under a $540,000 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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