For Immediate Release: March 25, 2015

Granville County Man Accused of Presenting Fraudulent Liability Insurance

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Ronnie Chris Carpenter, 40, of 2054-C Highway 96, Franklinton; he is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Carpenter of presenting false documents in October 2013 to fraudulently receive payment for contract work.

Carpenter allegedly provided a fraudulent certificate of liability insurance to a customer on or about Oct. 1, 2013, to secure a contract to perform home improvement work at a Durham County residence and collected an $8,000 deposit for the job.

Carpenter was arrested on March 19. He was charged in Durham County and placed under a $40,000 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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