For Immediate Release: September 25, 2015

Charlotte Man Accused of Forging Documents

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jonathan Russell Marcus, 53, of 5806 Steeplechase Road, Charlotte; he is charged with one count each of forgery of an instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Marcus of fraudulently obtaining more than $7,000 from USAA General Indemnity Company by forging a check, certificate of intent and certificate of completion of home repairs in January 2014. Investigators allege Marcus endorsed the documents without the victim's knowledge or permission.

Marcus surrendered himself to the Gaston County Sheriff's Office and was charged in Mecklenburg County on Sept. 21 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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