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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long recently stated that Hilton Lewis Parker Jr. of Lenoir County has been arrested for insurance fraud. Parker is charged with one count of obtaining property under false pretenses and allegedly made a false claim that there were extensive damages done to his soybean crop due to drought and other natural occurrences.

His and rain and hail insurance carrier and the U.S. Department of Agriculture paid $27,000 from two claims in 2004 and 2005. According to the North Carolina Department of Insurance, officials allege that $11,000 he received was fraudulently obtained, because Parker allegedly sold more than 1,700 bushels of soybeans to milling and seed cleaning operations in and around Lenoir County without the knowledge of his insurance adjusters.

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