Engagement ring leads to insurance fraud arrest

From staff reportsJanuary 2, 2013 

— A former Durham resident has been charged by the North Carolina Department of Insurance for making a false insurance claim in the case of an engagement ring.

Nathan Daniel Cooperman, 40, of 218 First Avenue, New York, N.Y., has been charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property under false pretense, according to a news release from the Department of Insurance.

Department of Insurance investigators allege that, on Aug. 25, 2007, Cooperman submitted a false claim to Travelers Claims Hartford Auto for the loss of a $50,000 engagement ring stolen during a burglary of his Durham residence.

Cooperman settled with his insurance company for $49,200.

Investigators said Cooperman’s ex-fiancé, who still had the engagement ring, reported the malfeasance.

Cooperman was arrested Jan. 2 and is being held by the New York Police Department while he awaits extradition back to North Carolina to stand trial.

To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information on reporting false claims is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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