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Carolina man suspected of burning modular home

January 09, 2019, Hayesville, NC — North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Brandon Goforth, 35, of 380 School Drive, Hayesville. Goforth was charged with felony second-degree arson, felony insurance fraud, and misdemeanor injury to real property.

According to arrest warrants, Goforth burned his single-wide modular home where he lived and attempted to collect on a renter’s insurance claim by telling Homesite Insurance he did not know the cause of the fire.

The offenses occurred between Dec. 10-12, 2018.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division and Clay County sheriff’s deputies arrested Goforth on Jan. 2. He was placed in the Clay County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond and given a Jan. 14 court date.

Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year. According to Commissioner Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums -- and it’s getting worse.

"I am determined to stem the tide of insurance fraud in this state in order to save residents money," said Commissioner Causey. "That's why I am dedicated to the mission of our NCDOI law enforcement officers who investigate and prosecute claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud."

Source: NC DOI news release

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