For Immediate Release: September 3, 2015

Guilford County Man Accused of Generating False Insurance Applications

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of William Edward Leiss, 41, of 301 Winrow Drive, Jamestown; he is charged with 12 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Leiss of receiving $13,175.82 in commission from Americo Insurance by presenting false information on life insurance applications from October 2014 to January 2015. Investigators allege Leiss presented 11 forged applications, one application with false medical information and an application on behalf of a deceased man.

Leiss was arrested on Sept. 1 in Guilford County and released on a $1,000 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