For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014

Mecklenburg Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Robert Thomas White, 53, of 4808 Kipling Drive, Charlotte; he was charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that White filed insurance claims with Progressive Insurance Company on Aug. 25, 2013, Allstate Insurance Company on Sept. 10, 2013, and GEICO on Sept. 16, 2013, for the same damage to his 1985 Honda motorcycle. White collected $3,795.33 from the Progressive and Allstate claims.

Pierce was arrested on June 23 by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and 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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