For Immediate Release: July 20, 2016

Randolph County Insurance Agent Charged with Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Sandra Rozier Freeman, 55, of 7128 Mendenhall Road, Archdale; she is charged with one count of embezzlement in Randolph County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Freeman of embezzling, misapplying and converting $1,450 in insurance premiums for her own personal use while working as an insurance agent for Doug Smith Agency.

Freeman was arrested on July 19 in Randolph County and placed under a $1,000 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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