For Immediate Release: May 27, 2016

Alleged Insurance Fraud Scheme Leads to Pender County Man’s Arrest

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Michael Anthony McIntyre, 50, of 1444 Borough Road, Currie; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and acting as an adjuster without a license in New Hanover County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse McIntyre of fraudulently attempting to obtain more than $34,000 by submitting false information about damage to a Wilmington home to the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (Coastal Property Insurance Pool) between October 2015 and January 2016. Investigators allege McIntyre acted as an adjuster without having a license to do so and that he intentionally inflated the repair estimate and instructed the homeowners to submit settlement checks directly to him.

McIntyre was arrested on May 21 and placed under a $10,000 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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