For Immediate Release: December 1, 2014

Wilmington Couple Arrested for Alleged Insurance Scams

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Richard Dwaine Warren, Jr., 30, of 3514 Frog Pond Place, Apt. 201, Wilmington, and Miriam Michelle Skinner Warren, 27, of the same address.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the couple conspired to defraud State Farm Insurance Company and Traveler's Insurance Company with fraudulent claims for a September 2013 vehicle fire, motor vehicle accidents in September 2010 and June 2010, and stolen property from a residential break-in at the couple's apartment in January 2010. The couple tried to collect more than $63,000 in funds.

Richard Warren was arrested on Nov. 25 and charged with three counts each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and one count each of burning personal property and felony conspiracy. He was placed under a $9,000 bond.

Michelle Warren was served with arrest warrants on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. She was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and one count of felony conspiracy. She was placed under a $10,000 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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