For Immediate Release: October 7, 2016

Georgia Man Accused of Staging Car Theft in Fayetteville

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jeremy Joseph Keeton, 29, of 61 Lanier St., Columbus, GA; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and filing a false motor vehicle theft report in Cumberland County.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Keeton of claiming his motorcycle was stolen in March 2015 with State Farm Mutual Insurance Company and filing a police report with Fayetteville Police Department for the theft. Investigators allege Keeton was still in possession of the motorcycle in April 2016.

Keeton was arrested on Sept. 22 in Cumberland County and place under a $5,000 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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