For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014

Craven County Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Gilberto Arguellez, Jr., 29, of 119 Kobe Drive, Havelock; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Arguellez filed duplicate insurance claims with USAA Insurance Company for the same damage to his vehicle. Representatives from USAA notified the Department of Insurance of the suspected fraud and denied Arguellez's second claim for $679.

Arguellez was arrested on Sept. 12 and released with a written promise to appear in Craven County District Court.

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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