For Immediate Release: August 14, 2014

Indian Trail Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud after Joint Investigation

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jamarr Taj Mathews, 32, of 5600 Ginger Lane, Indian Trail; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Mathews intentionally abandoned his vehicle in Charlotte on July 1, 2014, reported the vehicle stolen to police on July 5, and filed a fraudulent claim with Nationwide Insurance Company. Nationwide paid $380 for a rental car for Mathews before the Department of Insurance investigators and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department launched a joint investigation.

Mathews was arrested on Aug. 11 and placed under a $5,800 bond. Mathews is facing additional charges stemming from an arrest by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

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.

--NCDOI--