Durham County

Engagement ring insurance fraud charge dropped against former Durham man

A judge in Durham County Superior Court has dismissed an insurance fraud charge against a former Durham resident who was accused of making a false insurance claim for his ex-wife’s engagement ring.

Nathan Daniel Cooperman was arrested in New York on Jan. 2, 2013, and charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property under false pretense.

The N.C. Department of Insurance alleged that in 2007 Cooperman, 42, submitted a false claim to Travelers Claims Hardford Auto for the loss of a $50,000 engagement ring that had been stolen during a burglary of his home in Durham, where he attended medical school.

Investigators said that Cooperman’s ex-wife still had the engagement ring and that she reported the false insurance claim.

The case went to trial last week. After prosecutors made their case, Judge Bryan Collins Jr. granted Cooperman’s request that the charges be dropped.

Cooperman said afterward that he and his ex-wife were going through a bitter divorce at the time she made the unfounded allegations.