For Immediate Release: October 23, 2014

Two Arrested after Motorcycle Found in Martin County Pond

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of David Brent Long, 33, of 102 David Drive, Greenville, and Timothy Jay Styons, 35, of 1515 Seymour Price Road, Jamesville.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Styons of filing a false police report and making a fraudulent insurance claim in July 2010 that his 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle had been stolen. Progressive Insurance Company paid Styons $12,903 for the claim.

After a joint investigation with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and the Martin County Sheriff's Office, investigators allege that Long helped Styons hide the motorcycle in a Martin County pond and that the motorcycle had not been stolen. Dive teams from the Sydney Volunteer Fire Department and Wilson County Sheriff's Office assisted in recovering a motorcycle from the pond on Sept. 14, 2014.

Styons was arrested in Pitt County on Sept. 16 and charged with one count each of felony conspiracy, filing a false report with the police, insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. He was placed under a $10,000 bond and is due to appear in Martin County Court on Nov. 19.

Long was arrested with the assistance of the Greenville Police Department on Sept. 18 and charged with one felony count each of conspiracy, and aiding and abetting. He was placed under a $20,000 bond and is due to appear in Martin County Court on Dec. 10.

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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