For Immediate Release: December 2, 2016

Charlotte Woman Accused of Soliciting Arson to Commit Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Tina Huong Nguyen, 58, of 1307 Charidge Lane, Charlotte; she is charged with one count of felony solicitation – 2nd degree arson, two counts of misdemeanor solicitation – insurance fraud and five counts of misdemeanor solicitation – burning one’s own dwelling.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Nguyen of soliciting people to burn and damage property in an attempt to collect fraudulent insurance payments. Investigators allege Nguyen solicited people to present claims on the insured properties so she could profit.

Nguyen was arrested on Dec. 1 in Mecklenburg County with assistance from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and placed under a $45,000 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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