For Immediate Release: November 3, 2015

Three Accused of Insurance Fraud Following Wreck in Onslow County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Anthony Bowen, 29, and Tracey Bowen, 49, of 1113 River Road, Jacksonville; and Kevin Donovan Reynolds, 25, of 1006 Linwood Ave., Durham.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Anthony Bowen, Tracey Bowen and Reynolds of conspiring to seek fraudulent payment from Farmers Insurance Company by making false statements after a car accident on April 27. Anthony Bowen and Reynolds are accused of claiming Reynolds was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, but investigators allege Anthony Bowen was the driver. Reynolds and Tracey Bowen are accused of claiming they were injured in the accident, but investigators allege neither was in the vehicle.

Anthony Bowen was charged in Onslow County with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, filing a false police report and driving while license is revoked. Bowen was arrested on Oct. 28 in Onslow County and placed under a $27,000 bond.

Reynolds was charged in Onslow County with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and filing a false police report. Police are still seeking Reynolds.

Tracey Bowen was charged in Onslow County with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, insurance fraud and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Bowen was arrested on Oct. 28 in Onslow County and placed under a $35,000 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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