For Immediate Release: December 15, 2016

New Hanover Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Scottie Sharay Porter, 41, of 200 Cardiff Road, Castle Hayne; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Porter of fraudulently reporting the circumstances surrounding an automobile accident that occurred the morning of Nov. 10, 2016 in order to change his coverage provided by Sentry Insurance. Investigators allege Porter denied his vehicle was damaged on an application after the accident occurred.

Porter was arrested on Dec. 12 in New Hanover County and placed under a $10,000 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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