For Immediate Release: October 7, 2016

Wilmington Man Accused of Claiming Fraudulent Vehicle Damage

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Randall Sanford, 38, of 1303 Wellington Ave., Wilmington; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Sanford of fraudulently claiming he damaged his vehicle on July 2, 2016, with Titan Indemnity Company. Investigators allege the damage was present prior to Sanford’s purchase of the vehicle and his insurance policy.

Sanford was arrested on Oct. 5 in New Hanover 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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