For Immediate Release: July 20, 2015

Pender County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jeffrey Wayne Brinkley, 45, of 3576 Watha Road, Willard; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and failure to report an accident.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Brinkley of attempting to obtain more than $3,000 from Sentry Insurance by filing an allegedly fraudulent claim stating that his vehicle was damaged from a collision with two deer on June 1, 2015, and there was no prior damage. Investigators allege the damage was from an October 2014 collision with a deer and that Brinkley already received payment for the damage from a prior claim. Brinkley is also accused of failing to report the accident to law enforcement when damage was alleged to be over $1,000.

Brinkley was arrested on July 17 in Pender County and placed under a $6,000 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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