For Immediate Release: February 10, 2015

Man Accused of Making False Burglary Claim in Thomasville

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Robert Shawn Reedy, 37, of 3583 Cedar Lane, Roanoke, Va.; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and filing a false police report.

On Nov. 14, 2014, Thomasville Police Department responded to 1122 Black Road, Thomasville, N.C., in reference to a reported burglary. Reedy reported to police that during the alleged burglary, someone stole several items, including a motorcycle, utility trailer and riding mower.

After a joint investigation with Thomasville Police Department, Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the burglary and theft did not occur. The property was later located. Reedy is accused of providing false and misleading information to Lititz Mutual Insurance Company in support of a claim on Nov. 17, 2014.

Reedy was arrested by Roanoke County Sheriff's Office in Virginia on Feb. 4, 2015 and is awaiting extradition.

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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