RALEIGH — A Wake Crossroads man is accused of participating in a scheme that bilked Nationwide Insurance out of $69,000.
Tony Maurice Pittman, 40, 8037 Bright Oak Trail, Raleigh, was arrested on a warrant by the N.C. Department of Insurance Oct. 24 and charged with felony conspiracy and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Also facing the same charges are Raleigh residents Sabrina and Rodney Smith, ages 40 and 37, of 5300 Talison Court. And Anthony Quentin Barlow, 40, 7373 Sandy Creek Drive, was charged with embezzlement and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.
Department of Insurance investigators allege that Barlow, while working as a claims associate at Nationwide Insurance, fraudulently used company claims funds to write checks to Pittman and the Smiths, who are each accused of receiving and cashing the checks.
After reviewing checks written and cashed between June 6, 2010, and Dec. 12, 2012, investigators allege that the defendants split approximately $69,000 from the scheme.
Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have made more than 800 insurance fraud arrests, resulting in 430 criminal convictions.
An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims, according to Goodwin.
Bunn man hit by car
RALEIGH — A Bunn man hit by a car was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Friday.
According to an accident report filed by Raleigh Police Officer P.J. Hodge, at 6:20 a.m., Julio Santti, 57, Raleigh, was on the I-40 on-ramp at Rock Quarry Road when a pedestrian wearing dark clothing walked in front of his 2005 Ford sedan.
He struck the pedestrian, Jonathan Eli Jones, 37, 385 Bunn Elementary School Road. Wake County EMS transported Jones to WakeMed.
A woman who answered the phone at Jones’ former residence said he was bruised and sore, but not seriously hurt.
Approximately $500 damage was done to the vehicle. No charges had been filed by press deadline.