For Immediate Release: September 16, 2015

Man Accused of Presenting False Insurance Document to Employer

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Wade Valentino Hankins, 49, of 2201 Bufflehead Road, Raleigh; he is charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense in Durham County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege Hankins used a fraudulent commercial liability insurance certificate to obtain gainful employment with Ambrose Industrial Service in March 2015.

Hankins was arrested on Sept. 11 by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $10,000 unsecured 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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