For Immediate Release: December 23, 2014

Wilmington Building Owner Arrested for Alleged Insurance Scheme

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of David Lawrence Rouen, 75, of 7810 River Road, Wilmington; he was charged with one count each of solicitation to commit insurance fraud, solicitation to commit second degree arson and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

After a joint investigation with the Wilmington Police Department, Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Rouen was conspiring to burn down a building he owned at 1202 Chestnut St., Wilmington, in an effort to collect more than $532,000 in insurance funds from Everest Indemnity Company. The building houses a convenience store and two occupied apartment units.

Rouen was arrested on Dec. 22 and placed under a $50,000 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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