For Immediate Release: July 1, 2015

Wake County Man Accused in String of Alleged Insurance Crimes

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Howard Barrett Marshall, Jr., 48, of 6301 Chadford Drive, Raleigh; he is charged with eight counts of insurance fraud, eight counts obtaining property by false pretense, four counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and four counts of providing a false statement on an insurance application.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Marshall of fraudulently obtaining $12,579.96 by filing the same false car insurance claim with MetLife Insurance Company, Progressive Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance and Esurance between January and June 2015.

Investigators allege Marshall filed false claims for a lost watch with State Farm Insurance and for stolen fishing and boating equipment with Seaworthy Insurance in March 2015, collecting $2,587.38. Investigators allege the property remained in Marshall's possession and was later pawned. Marshall is also accused of providing false statements in support of a claim filed with Seaworthy Insurance for damages to his boat in May 2015.

Between January and May 2015, Marshall allegedly provided false information on insurance policy applications to MetLife Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance and Esurance by using a name other than his own.

Marshall was arrested on June 30 in Wake County and placed under a $250,000 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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