For Immediate Release: October 20, 2015

Wilmington Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Peter Dane Koke, 49, of 226 South Front St., Wilmington; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and providing false information on an insurance application.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Koke of providing false information to National General Insurance Company on Aug. 13, 2015, when claiming his vehicle was stolen. Koke is accused of falsely claiming he repaired damage to his vehicle from an accident on July 3, 2015, in an attempt to receive a higher payment. Investigators allege Koke made a fraudulent statement claiming he did not have felony convictions within the past 10 years on an insurance application on Aug. 7, 2015.

Koke was arrested in New Hanover County on Oct. 19 and placed under a $50,000 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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