North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of John Fitzgerald Haynes, 43, of Bessemer City.
According to the arrest warrant, Haynes filed a claim with N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance in August 2003 for his 1967 Chevrolet truck. Haynes claimed that the truck was stolen and received $4,500 from Farm Bureau.
In April, after an outside tip, officials at N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance notified the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division that the pick-up truck might actually be at an address in Shelby. Investigators located the vehicle and discovered that the original VIN number had been removed. According to investigators, Haynes was still driving the truck with a different VIN number.
Haynes has been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of altering serial numbers. He was arrested and placed in the Cleveland County jail under a $10,000 bond. Investigators say other charges may follow.