For Immediate Release: June 24, 2014

Duplin County Couple Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Cesar Rene Ocampo, 36, of 134 Pine St., Teachey, and Darlyn Zavala-Cruz Ocampo, 33, of the same address.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on March 14, 2014, the Ocampos provided false and misleading information to Sentry Insurance in attempt to obtain funds for vehicle damage for which they had already been paid. Investigators allege that Travelers Insurance Company legitimately paid the Ocampos $1,516.39 for a claim they filed on March 12, 2014, for damage to the Ocampo's vehicle after an accident involving its insured.

Darlyn Zavala-Cruz Ocampo was arrested on June 17 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and felony conspiracy. Cesar Rene Ocampo was also arrested on June 17 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and felony conspiracy. Each was placed under a $3,000 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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