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Insurance Special Agents Bust Roofing Company Executive For Fraudulent Repairs PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:25
The owner of Above and Beyond Roofing has been arrested on charges stemming from a months-long investigation into fraudulent roof repair.
 
Special agents from the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division charged Ricardo Romero, 34, of 16301 Woolwine Road, Charlotte, with nine felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and nine misdemeanor counts of failing to work after being paid.  He turned himself in today to authorities in Union County where he is awaiting a magistrate hearing. 
 
According to arrest warrants, Romero obtained money from nine households, seven in Wake County and two in Harnett County, and did not order materials or provide roofs. 
 
The amount paid by the nine households totaled $69,350.63.
 
Multiple special agents from the Criminal Investigations Division have been investigating Above and Beyond Roofing and Romero for months after receiving complaints that work had been contracted and that insurance claims had been filed and paid.
 
The Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the company after consumers filed complaints with the Department of Insurance that Above and Beyond Roofing employees had conducted free roof inspections in the area following a September 2017 storm. 
 
Last month, special agents were granted a search warrant to inspect bank records of Romero and the roofing company.
 
The investigation is ongoing.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:30
 
Senate Committee Assignments Announced PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:04

 

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) today announced new committee assignments:

 

Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform

     Sen. Chuck Edwards

     Sen. Brent Jackson, advisory member

 

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

     Sen. Deanna Ballard

 

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

     Sen. Vickie Sawyer

 

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery

     Sen. Kathy Harrington

 

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources

     Sen. Milton F. "Toby" Fitch, Jr.

 

Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee

     Sen. Joyce Waddell

 

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

     Sen. Milton F. "Toby" Fitch, Jr.

 

Environmental Review Commission

     Sen. Joel D. M. Ford

 
NC Monuments Study Committee Will Meet August 22 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:53
The North Carolina Historical Commission Confederate Monuments Study Committee will meet Wed., Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. The committee meeting will be followed by a meeting of the North Carolina Historical Commission at 10:30 a.m., immediately following the committee meeting.
 
Both meetings will be held in the first-floor auditorium of the Archives and History/State Library Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. The meetings are open to the public. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
 
At its 10 a.m. meeting, the study committee will discuss its recommendation to the full N.C. Historical Commission regarding a petition from the N.C. Department of Administration to relocate three Confederate monuments from the State Capitol grounds in Raleigh to the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Four Oaks. 
 
Following the committee meeting, the full Historical Commission will meet to consider the study committee’s recommendation regarding the three State Capitol monuments. 
 
The commission has received requests from private individuals to relocate the “Silent Sam” monument at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but has not received a petition from the university, the UNC system, or its governing body, the Board of Governors. At this meeting, the commission may seek advice from legal counsel on the legal standing of individuals to bring these requests, but does not intend to address the merits of the requests at this meeting.
 
Also at this meeting, the commission will consider other business items, including accessions into and deaccessions out of state historical collections.
 
Watch the meetings via Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/ncculture. 
 
For more information about the North Carolina Historical Commission, visit www.ncdcr.gov/nch
 
State Agrees To Pay $190,000 Fine To Feds PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:08
The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that the United States and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety have signed a civil settlement agreement resolving the State’s liability for civil penalties stemming from recordkeeping violations relating to the dispensing of controlled substances to inmates at the Central Prison Healthcare Complex and the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women. 
 
The State agreed to pay $190,000 rather than contest a potential fine that could have been as high as $880,000.
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Unit conducted an audit of the Central Prison Healthcare Complex (CPHC) and the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women (NCCCW). Investigators found that on at least 88 occasions during the period of September 2, 2014 through October 4, 2016 medical staff at CPHC and NCCCW failed to properly document the dispensing and disposal of controlled substances at CPHC and NCCCW. While no unlawful use of controlled substances was detected, the substandard recordkeeping provided fertile ground for improper diversion.
 
In addition to payment of the civil penalty, because of the investigation State officials initiated their own investigation and took remedial measures. Included among such measures were changes in existing policies and procedures, implementation of better and more effective employee education and training, and the development of better monitoring, reporting, and compliance processes.
 
“The handling of prescription controlled substances inside our prisons poses some unique challenges,” says U.S. Attorney Higdon, “and yet given the possibility of illegal diversion to inmates and others, scrupulous recordkeeping and tracking of controlled substances is essential. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. This matter underscores the continued need for robust regulatory and enforcement measures against all medical providers to stop diversion of controlled prescription drugs and end the lax recordkeeping environments which may be fertile ground for diversion.”
 
Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Atlanta Field Division stated, “DEA and its law enforcement partners will continue to expend time, energy and resources in an effort to stem the tide against the growing opioid epidemic. The spirited level of cooperation by the N.C. Board of Pharmacy and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and the prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, made this investigation a success.”
 
Assistant United States Attorney Steve West represented the government in this matter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:54
 
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