For Immediate Release: July 1, 2014

Martin County Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Travis Wayne Roberson, 36, of 1571 Allen Williams Road, Williamston; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and filing a false police report.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Aug. 2, 2011, Roberson intentionally vandalized his vehicle, left it on the side of the road and filed a false police report claiming that after breaking down on the side of the road, the vehicle had been vandalized and some of its contents stolen. Robertson was paid $6,921.00 by National General Insurance Company to settle the claim.

After a joint investigation by the Department of Insurance, Martin County Sheriff's Office and N.C. Dept. of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicle inspectors, Robertson was arrested on June 20 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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