For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016

Wilmington Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Joseph Raymond Johnson, 31, of 1116 Dock St., Wilmington; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Johnson of fraudulently reporting that his vehicle was stolen before it was involved in an automobile accident to the Wilmington Police and to Sentry Insurance. Investigators allege Johnson knowingly granted permission to Rashawn Herbert Hines to operate the vehicle.

Johnson was arrested on Dec. 9 in New Hanover County and placed 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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