For Immediate Release: September 10, 2014

High Point Man Arrested on Alleged Insurance Fraud Charges

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Montres Lamont Turner, 24, of 541 E. Dayton Ave., High Point; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, burning of personal property and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Turner provided false information to State National Insurance Company after claiming his vehicle was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 8, 2014. After a joint investigation between the Department of Insurance and High Point Fire Department, investigators accuse Turner of intentionally setting his vehicle on fire to collect insurance money.

Turner was arrested in Guilford County on Sept. 10 and placed under a $1,000 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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