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Woman keeps ring, turns in ex-fiancé for insurance fraud

Posted January 2, 2013 3:26 p.m. EST

— A former Durham resident was arrested Wednesday on charges that he falsely reported an engagement ring he had given to his ex-fiancée had been stolen, authorities said.

Nathan Daniel Cooperman, 40, of 218 First Ave. in New York City, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held in New York until he can be extradited to North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Insurance criminal investigators said Cooperman submitted a claim to Travelers Claims Hartford Auto in August 2007 for the loss of a $50,000 engagement ring that he said had been stolen during a burglary of his Durham home. Travelers settled the claim by paying Cooperman $49,200.

Investigators said his ex-fiancée still has the ring, which was never stolen, and she reported the allegedly false claim to the DOI.