For Immediate Release: March 14, 2016

Jacksonville Man Charged with Insurance Fraud over Stolen Trailer Claim

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Dale McKinley Montford, 55, of 3002 Oakwood Drive, Jacksonville; he is charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense, making a false report to police and rate evasion.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Montford of attempting to fraudulently obtain payment by filing a false claim with National General Insurance Company on Nov. 16, 2015, that his trailer was stolen from a construction site. Investigators allege Montford provided false information about the purchase and value of the trailer, his location at the time of the alleged loss and his prior claims history. Investigators also accuse Montford of rate evasion for failing to disclose to the insurance company that he frequently traveled beyond a 50-mile radius from his home for business.

Investigators allege Montford fraudulently obtained $3,600 from National General Insurance Company in January 2015 after making a false claim of vandalism to a vehicle.

Montford was arrested on March 9 in Onslow County 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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