For Immediate Release: February 2, 2015

Insurance Agent Arrested for Alleged Embezzlement in Wilmington

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Amneris Deleon, 34, of 2117 Princess Place Drive, Wilmington; she is charged with one count each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Deleon—the owner and operator of ADE Multiservice in Wilmington—of collecting approximately $1,200 from a customer over the course of eight months for a worker's compensation policy that did not exist. Investigators allege that Deleon created a fraudulent document to make it appear as if a valid policy existed.

Deleon was arrested on Jan. 30 in New Hanover County and released on a $2,500 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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