For Immediate Release: November 7, 2016

Wilmington Man Accused of Unlawfully Acquiring Public Defense

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Jason Keith McKinney, 45, of 266 Buff Circle, Wilmington; he is charged with one count each of perjury and providing a false statement regarding an affidavit of indigency.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse McKinney of filing an affidavit of indigency with the New Hanover Superior Court stating he had no income or other assets to pay for an attorney. Superior Court Judge Ebern T. Watson, III, requested NCDOI examine the bonding paperwork for accuracy. Investigators allege McKinney successfully met a $200,000 bond and mislead the State of North Carolina to pay for his defense.

McKinney was arrested on Nov. 1 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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