For Immediate Release: July 1, 2014

Hertford County Man Charged with Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Denzel Jonta Ricks, 20, of 215 U.S. Highway 258, Como; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that after an accident in Hertford County in October 2013, Ricks filed a claim with his insurer, North Carolina Farm Bureau, for repairs to his damaged vehicle, even though the other party paid the body shop directly and the vehicle was fixed. Investigators accuse Ricks of forging someone else's name on the check that was made out to the body shop so he could collect $1,116.40 in funds from the insurance company.

Ricks was arrested on July 1 in Hertford County and placed under a $2,500 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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