For Immediate Release: August 26, 2014

Thomasville Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of William Michael Fournier, 25, of 113 Lindsay Court, Thomasville; 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 Fournier filed a fraudulent insurance claim with USAA Insurance on May 7, 2014, after reporting to police that his Troy-Built, zero-turn lawn mower had been stolen from his residence. USAA paid Fournier $2,632.24 before an investigation revealed that he did not own the lawn mower filed in the claim and that a theft had not occurred.

Fournier was arrested on Aug. 25 and placed under a $5,000 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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