For Immediate Release: December 22, 2015

Edgecombe County Woman Charged with Felony Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Amber Bridges Cale, 34, of 1203 Howard Ave., Tarboro; she is charged with five counts of embezzlement.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Cale of embezzling approximately $22,500 from her former employer, Bottoms Insurance Service, between July 2014 and November 2014 for her own personal use.

Cale was arrested on Dec. 21 with assistance from Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $5,000 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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