Bertie County man accused of assuming multiple identities

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina man is accused of taking out nearly $2 million worth of life insurance policies in other people’s names.

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey says William Alston, of Windsor, was arrested on multiple counts of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, forgery, and uttering a forged endorsement.

Alston was arrested after a yearlong investigation with the help of Bertie County deputies and the Bertie County District Attorney’s Office.

Causey says the man took out multiple insurance policies with assumed identities totaling $1.86 million. Nine different insurance companies were victims.

The 63-year-old man is accused of submitting 38 policy claims after those people passed away with payouts totaling over $140,000.

Alston was released from jail on a $50,000 bond.