For Immediate Release: August 1, 2014

Martin County Man Accused of Arson and Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Johnny Lee Andrews, 50, of 307 Nelson St., Robersonville; he was charged with one count of felony burning of personal property and two counts each of second degree arson, insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Andrews intentionally set fire to his Williamston home on Dec. 24, 2007, his 1996 Ford Explorer on June 18, 2014, and another residence he was renting in Hamilton on July 12, 2014, in an attempt to collect insurance claim payments. Investigators accuse Andrews of providing false and misleading information to State Farm Insurance Company in an attempt to collect more than $80,000.

Andrews was arrested on July 25 with the assistance of the Martin County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $40,000 bond.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the North Carolina Department of Insurance at 888-680-7684, or the Martin County Sheriff's Office at 252-789-4500. Callers may remain anonymous.

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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