For Immediate Release: February 18, 2016

Wilson County Insurance Agent Charged with Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jacob Christopher Mullins, 28, of 6465 Frank Price Church Road, Fremont; he is charged with one count each of embezzlement by an insurance agent, financial card fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Mullins of taking money from insurance customers at a Wilson insurance agency without applying it to their insurance policies between January 2014 and January 2016. Investigators also allege Mullins used customer's cards to make insurance purchases without their consent.

Mullins was arrested in Wilson County on Feb. 15 and placed under a $3,000 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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