For Immediate Release: January 25, 2016

Raleigh Man Charged with Insurance Fraud over Stolen Truck Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tony Leo Harris, 41, of 1312 Rocky Gap Circle, Raleigh; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, title fraud and filing a false affidavit with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Harris of fraudulently obtaining $23,539 from Progressive Casualty Insurance Company by submitting false paperwork in 2009. Investigators allege Harris submitted fraudulent documents to the DMV to acquire a clean title and reported the vehicle stolen in a claim with Progressive. The North Carolina License and Theft Division assisted with the investigation.

Harris was arrested on Jan. 15 and placed under a $20,000 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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