For Immediate Release: February 6, 2015

Tabor City Man Arrested for Alleged Car Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Norrel Miller, 25, of 67 Vinegar Hill Road, Tabor City; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Miller contacted GEICO on Dec. 8, 2014 to file two claims for damage to his vehicle. Miller claimed that on Dec. 6 someone backed into his car and damaged the rear bumper while it was parked in a mall parking lot. Miller claimed that on Dec. 7 a piece of debris flew off of a truck he was following and damaged the hood of his car.

North Carolina Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege the bumper damage was actually from a May 2014 collision for which Miller had already received compensation from GEICO, and that the hood damage was caused in October 2014 at which time did not have insurance coverage.

Miller was arrested in Columbus County on Feb. 4 and released on a $5,000 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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