For Immediate Release: October 6, 2015

Greensboro Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Hamidou Abdou, 35, of 701 Borders Terrace, Greensboro; he is charged with four counts of insurance fraud, two counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense and one count of title fraud.

Abdou is accused of making four fraudulent insurance claims between October 2012 and August 2015. Investigators allege he made three claims with Allstate that included false information about damage to a vehicle and ownership of the vehicle, fraudulently obtaining $826.71. Investigators allege he made a claim to Liberty Mutual that included false information about the ownership of a vehicle, fraudulently obtaining $1,211. Abdou is accused of altering a title associated with a 2000 Nissan Altima.

Abdou was arrested in Guilford County on Oct. 2 and placed under a $10,000 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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