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Department of Insurance

Proposed insurance rates would mean big hike for some in SENC, cuts for others

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A breakdown of the new rates requested late last week by North Carolina insurance companies show many people in our area would see big increases if approved, while many others would actually see their rates go down. Full story...
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NC insurers ask for homeowner policy rate hike

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videoThe North Carolina Department of Insurance says it has received a request by insurers that could mean big rate increases for homeowners policies across the state. Full story...
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NC agency approves health plans for exchange

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North Carolina insurance regulators have approved health plans that will be available to residents under the federal health care law, but aren't releasing details. Full story...
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Clarkton Fire Department under investigation for alleged financial issues

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State and local investigators are looking into possible wrongdoing at the Clarkton Fire Department. Full story...
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Insurers OK to raise NC dwelling rates 13 percent

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video North Carolina insurance regulators are clearing the largest rate increase in nine years for dwelling policies that cover residential rentals and other properties that are not owner occupied. Full story...
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Election ahead, NC insurance head defers rate rise

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videoTwo weeks before an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina's insurance commissioner is telling companies they'll have to prove they should get to increase premiums by an average of nearly 18 percent. Full story...
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Deadline for public comments on insurance hike Friday

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videoIf you want to have your say about a proposed hike in homeowners insurance that could cost residents in coastal counties up to 30 percent more, you're running out of time. The deadline for the public to submit comments on the insurance companies' request to raise homeowners insurance rates is tomorrow. Full story...
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Wilmington trio arrested for alleged auto insurance fraud

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Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Alfonzo Bethea, 39, Wilmington; Antonette Denise Waters, 29, of 621 N. 10th St., Wilmington; and Crystal Paige Waters, 30, of 1003 S. 14th St., Wilmington. Each has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and one count of filing a false police report. Full story...
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Surf City insurance agent charged with embezzlement

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Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Nell Marie Griffin, 34, of 140 Douglas Drive, Holly Ridge; she is charged with one count of embezzlement by an insurance agent. Full story...
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Wilmington finance company manager accused of insurance fraud

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Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Gregory Steven Gurney, 49, of 5418 ½ Park Ave., Wilmington. He is charged with six counts each of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and corporate malfeasance. He is charged with three counts of altering or forging certificates of title or applications, and one count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and transferring a stolen motor vehicle. Full story...
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