For Immediate Release: January 16, 2015

Durham Man Accused of Insurance Fraud After Car Accident

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of David Edward Goodman, 50, of 3203 Hursey St., Durham; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Goodman of providing a false and misleading statement to National General Insurance Company on Nov. 6, 2014, claiming that he had not been the driver during an August 2014 vehicle accident. Investigators allege Goodman was driving when the car crashed.

Goodman was arrested on Jan. 13 in Durham County and placed under a $3,000 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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