For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017

Contact: Bob Rosser or Colin Day at 919-807-6011

Johnston County Pair Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Archie Holmes, 72, and Laura Holmes 37, of 8220 Buffalo Road, Smithfield; each is charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Archie Holmes and Laura Holmes of stating fraudulent facts to Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company to support an automobile claim. Investigators allege Holmes and Holmes made statements containing false and misleading information during a recorded interview.

Archie and Laura Holmes were arrested on June 8 in Johnston County and each was placed under a $20,000 bond.

"According to the FBI, insurance fraud costs the average family between $400 and $700 per year in the form of increased premiums,” said Commissioner Causey. “Consumer protection is my number one priority and I will continue to fight insurance fraud with your help.”

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. 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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