For Immediate Release: December 9, 2014

Durham Man Accused of Filing False Insurance Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Daryll Maurice Collier, 25, of 4029 Booker Ave., Durham; 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 Sept. 19, 2014, Collier filed a fraudulent insurance claim with USAA Insurance Company that $24,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from him at gun point. Investigators allege that no robbery occurred, and Collier received no funds from the insurance company.

Collier was arrested in Raleigh on Dec. 8 and 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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