For Immediate Release: September 7, 2016

Wilmington Man Left the Scene of an Accident

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Dalton Bress, Jr., 25, of 909 North 30th St., Wilmington; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, driving with a revoked license and hit and run in New Hanover County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Bress of leaving the scene of an accident on June 6, 2016, and denying his presence to Peak Property and Casualty Insurance. Investigators allege Bress made false statements that led Peak Insurance to deny payment of the claim to the occupants of the other vehicle.

Bress was arrested on Sept. 2 in Bladen County and place under a $2,500 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