For Immediate Release: November 26, 2014

Mt. Airy Man Arrested for Submitting Allegedly Fraudulent Insurance Certificate

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Reginald Thomas Bowman, 50, of 1026 N. Main St., Mount Airy; he was charged one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that while doing business as Carolina Roofing Company, Bowman provided a fraudulent certificate of liability insurance to Surry County officials on Aug. 29, 2014, in an attempt to secure a contract to perform repairs at the Westfield Community Center.

Bowman was arrested in Surry County on Nov. 25 and released on a written promise to appear in 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