For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014

Shallotte Man Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Christopher Eric Grissett, 41, of 4160 Ruby Way N.W., Shallotte; 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 on Aug. 15, 2014, Grissett purchased a used vehicle with body damage, then filed a claim four days later with National General Insurance Company for an alleged deer collision. Investigators accuse Grissett of claiming that all damage to the car was caused by the deer collision in an effort to be compensated for damage that was present on the car at the time of purchase.

Grissett was arrested on Oct. 2 and released under at $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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