For Immediate Release: June 26, 2015

Agent Accused of Forging Insurance Applications in Wake County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Ronald Pierre Whitaker, 48, of 1072 Tarboro Road, Youngsville; he is charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and common law forgery.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Whitaker of fraudulently obtaining $8,319.62 in unearned commissions from Senior Life Insurance by submitting forged insurance applications between November 2013 and June 2014.

Whitaker was arrested on June 25 in Wake County and placed under a $2,000 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 1,500 arrests, resulting in more than 750 criminal convictions with more than 250 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $72.1 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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