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  October 9 2017 -- State Fire Marshal Causey Hosts Fire Prevention Week Press Conference

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, along with other state and local fire officials, kicked off Fire Prevention Week on Monday by reminding North Carolinians that, "Every second counts: Plan two ways out."

  September 21 2017 -- Durham Man Accused of Acting without Bail Bondsmen License

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Anthony Clayborne Perry, 45, of 311 South LaSalle St., Durham; he is charged with one count of acting as a bail bondsmen without being licensed.

  September 19 2017 -- Employee Classification Section Continues to Receive Complaints about Worker Misclassification

RALEIGH -- Recent reports suggest enactment of Senate Bill 407 creates a new section of the Industrial Commission to target employee misclassification.

  August 31 2017 -- State Fire Marshal Announces Campus Fire Safety Month

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is reminding North Carolinians about fire safety on college campuses as students return to school.

  August 30 2017 -- Commissioner Causey Offers Hurricane Season Reminder

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminded all North Carolinians that the 2017 hurricane season is here, ending Nov. 30, and NC citizens still have time to check their insurance coverage.

  August 29 2017 -- Robeson County Man Convicted of 44 Counts of Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the conviction of Bradley McMillian, of 11163 Rennert Road, Shannon; he was charged and convicted with 44 counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement.

  August 17 2017 -- Getting the Most From Your Medicare Benefits

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits.

  August 09 2017 -- Halifax County Man Accused of Acting without Agent License

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Kenneth Earl Craft, Jr., 47, of 1089 Edwards Fork Road, Scotland Neck; he is charged with two counts each of fraud and obtaining property by false pretense and an agent acting without a license.

  August 01 2017 -- Pitt County Agent Accused of Embezzlement and Exploitation

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of David Maylon Pickett, 59, of 205 Queen St., Grifton; he is charged with eleven counts of obtaining property by false pretense and nine counts each of embezzlement and exploitation of an elder.

  July 26 2017 -- NC Department of Insurance, NAIC Urges Prompt Action on NFIP Reauthorization

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Insurance and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) today reiterated that Congress should immediately reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) prior to expiration on Sept. 30. Reauthorization would help avoid short-term extensions and program lapses that create uncertainty in the insurance, housing and lending markets.

  July 14 2017 -- North Carolina Captive Insurance Company Program Continues to Create New Jobs and Revenue for North Carolina

RALEIGH -- According to NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, the numbers show North Carolina's captive insurance program is continuing to grow and prosper in North Carolina's favorable business environment.

  July 14 2017 -- Morganton Woman First Order of the Guardian Recipient

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey awarded the Order of the Guardian to Brenda Foss on June 30, 2017, for serving 51 years in the insurance industry in North Carolina.

  July 10 2017 -- Wilson County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Eric Deandre Hall, 32, of 7011 Page St., Saratoga; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

  July 5 2017 -- Hertford County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Brenda Spruill Rascoe, 44, of 202 West Saluda Hall Road, Ahoskie; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

  June 29 2017 -- State Fire Marshal Causey Offers Fireworks Warning

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey today warned North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming July Fourth holiday...

  June 23 2017 -- Johnston County Pair Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Archie Holmes, 72, and Laura Holmes 37, of 8220 Buffalo Road, Smithfield; each is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  June 20 2017 -- State Fire Marshal Causey Visits Western NC

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey on Tuesday told high school students attending the High School Firefighter Challenge that there is a critical need for volunteer firefighters across the state...

  June 15 2017 -- Bradley Honored by State Fire Marshal for Service to North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey today honored Tim Bradley for 18 years of service on the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors...

  June 15, 2017 -- Agreement Reached on NC Auto Insurance Rates

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the signing of a settlement agreement with the North Carolina Rate Bureau in response to...

  June 15 2017 -- MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - State Fire Marshal Causey to Visit Western NC

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey and High School Fire Academies from across North Carolina...

  June 12, 2017 -- ACT to Prevent Tragedies in Hot Cars

RALEIGH -- During this heat wave, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Safe Kids North Carolina are reminding people of the dangers of leaving children in cars...

  June 7, 2017 -- Pitt County Man Accused of Embezzlement

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of David Maylon Pickett, 59, of 705 Queen St., Grifton; he is charged with one count each of embezzlement and exploitation of an elder. ...

  June 6, 2017 -- Franklin County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of John Nicholas Kostandin, 50, of 5083 NC 56 Hwy, Franklinton; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  June 5, 2017 -- Commissioner Causey Wants North Carolina to Put Safety First

RALEIGH -- Safe Kids North Carolina, a statewide program, led by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips in an effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and...

  June 2, 2017 -- Warren County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Sharon Antwawn Bullock, 34, of 121 Enchanted Forest Drive, Warrenton; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

  June 1, 2017 -- Commissioner Causey Offers 5 Key Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey wants to remind all North Carolinians to be prepared for the 2017 hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30...

  May 25 2017 -- MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - State Fire Marshal Causey to Visit Autryville Fire Department

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, Senator Brent Jackson, Chairmen of the Sampson County Board of Commissioners Clark Wooten, North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal, Autryville Fire Department...

  May 25, 2017 -- Nash County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Harold David Parker, 70, of 406 North Tillery St., Rocky Mount; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  May 23, 2017 -- Causey Touts $104,500 Penalty Recovery from Zenefits Insurance

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the North Carolina Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with YourPeople, Inc., dba Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (Zenefits) resulting in a $104,500 penalty...

  May 19 2017 -- Office of State Fire Marshal Recognizes Mooresville Fire-Rescue

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey on Monday recognized Mooresville Fire-Rescue for having earned the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 public protection rating—the highest possible inspections rating for fire departments...

  May 11, 2017 -- Four NC Men Accused of Deliberately Damaging Roofs during Inspections

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Phillip Brandon Edwards, Mark William Madison, Joel Jayson Smith and Brandon Richard Turner for charges including insurance fraud, felony conspiracy, injury to real property...

  May 4, 2017 -- Causey Announces First 100 Days A Success

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the North Carolina Department of Insurance is off to a tremendous start after his first 100 days in office...

  May 2, 2017 -- Robeson County Woman Accused of Identity Theft

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Laura Alford, 33, of 407 Straightway Drive, Fairmont; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  April 28, 2017 -- Two Sanford Women Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Carla McIntyre, 46, and Latisha McIntyre, 28, of 611 Sunflower Circle, Sanford; both are charged with one count of insurance fraud and Latisha McIntyre is charged with...

  April 25, 2017 -- Two Wake County Men Accused of Conspiracy and Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Cinseason McNeil, 34, of 108 Deepwood Circle, Garner, and Johnathan William Yates, 30, of 1220 Clear Water Springs Drive, Lot 154, Raleigh; both are charged with...

  April 24, 2017 -- Durham County Woman Accused of Identity Theft

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Monica Celeste Jubert, 45, of 3 White Dove Road, Durham; she is charged with 16 counts each of financial identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Wake County...

  April 20, 2017 -- Edgecombe County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Robert Anthony Davis, 53, of 916 Bradley Ave., Tarboro; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  April 17, 2017 -- Franklin County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Rachael Yvette Hicks, 27, of 95 North Ridge Drive, Louisburg; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  April 13, 2017 -- Gates County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Stephanie Candelaria, 32, of 16 Parker Fork Road, Corapeake; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  April 12, 2017 -- Commissioner Causey Urges Citizens to Avoid Distracted Driving

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today joined the National Safety Council in urging North Carolinians to concentrate on the road and avoid distractions while behind the wheel. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month...

  April 7, 2017 -- Wake Forest Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Stephanie Nathalene Carter, 35, of 321 East Perry Ave, Wake Forest; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  April 6, 2017 -- Hertford County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Evon Melissa Mabine, 39, of 506 Ahoskie Cofield Road, Ahoskie; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

  March 29, 2017 -- NCDOI Criminal Investigators Recover $11 Million for NC Citizens

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the conviction of two retired insurance agents, Milton Hooks, 72, of Rocky Mount and James Mangum, 69, of Tarboro on six counts each of obtaining property by false pretense...

  March 24, 2017 -- NC Department of Insurance Says Proposed Auto Rate Hike Unwarranted

RALEIGH -- Officials at the North Carolina Department of Insurance today released a notice of hearing in the 2017 auto insurance rate case, in which the North Carolina Rate Bureau requested a 13.8 percent average statewide increase in auto rates...

  March 20, 2017 -- Operation Medicine Drop Aims to Prevent Poisonings

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey encourages North Carolinians to safely dispose of unused or expired medications during National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, 2017, at one of the Operation Medicine Drop events around the state...

  March 17, 2017 -- 70 Charged in Charlotte Rate Evasion Operation

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of 70 individuals charged with rate evasion in Mecklenburg County...

  March 15, 2017 -- Wake County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jeffrey Mitchell Bland, 50, of 11121 Old Stage Road, Willow Spring; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  March 13, 2017 -- NC Couple Accused of Staging Stolen Vehicle

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Cathy Parris Wooten, 35, of 4518 Langwood Way, Rocky Mount; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  March 8, 2017 -- Pinehurst Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jennifer Gosseck Arriola, 35, of 2610 Longleaf Drive, Pinehurst; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  March 3, 2017 -- Raleigh Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Stacy Dewhite Brown, 50, of 8716 Neuse Village Court, Raleigh; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  March 2, 2017 -- Warren County Man Accused of Attempting to Defraud an Insurance Company

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Devin Jerome Perry, 34, of 110 Daniels Lane, Warrenton; he is charged with one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  March 2, 2017 -- Wilson Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Antonio Dequank Applewhite, 39, of 1710 Dartmore Drive, Wilson; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and...

  February 28, 2017 -- Greensboro Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Keith Darrell Robinson, 30, of 4530 Mica Court, Greensboro; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

  February 28, 2017 -- Rocky Mount Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Rickie Nelson Brinkley, 27, of 825 Tobacco Road, Rocky Mount; he is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  February 27, 2017 -- Bertie County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Shemeka Erika Joyner, 34, of 117 Jerry Lane, Windsor; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  February 23, 2017 -- Winston-Salem Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Ebony Phillips, 35, of 2612 North Claremont Ave., Winston-Salem; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense in Guilford County...

  February 23, 2017 -- Orange County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Tammi Nichole Chabot, 35, of 5001 Nicks Road, Mebane; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  February 20, 2017 -- Smoke Alarm Raises Concerns; OSFM Discontinues Distribution

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey warned fire departments and residents across North Carolina today about concerns relating to Universal smoke alarms...

  February 17, 2017 -- Three Accused of Setting Intentional Fire to Claim Insurance Payment in Davidson County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrests of Timothy Wayne Johnson, 55, and Sherry Saunders Johnson, 53, of 1410 Holly Grove Road, Lexington and Don Seamon, 60, of 270 Edgewood Drive, Lexington; each has been charged for crimes and arrested in Davidson County...

  February 15, 2017 -- Person County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Simone Ashley Jones, 27, of 711 Leasburg Road, Lot 30, Roxboro; she is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  February 13, 2017 -- Raleigh Man Accused of Felonious Restraint

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Renaldo Andrado Langley, 41, of 1313 Glencastle Way, Raleigh; he is charged with one count of felonious restraint...

  February 9, 2017 -- Wilkes County Man Accused of Burning Personal Property

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Dewey Ray Norman, 41, of 170 Mitchell Court, North Wilkesboro; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and burning personal property...

  February 9, 2017 -- Winston-Salem Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Ericka Nicole Wright, 23, of 2640 Toddler Place, Winston-Salem; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  February 8, 2017 -- Anson County Woman Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Amy Jo Blackmon, 51, of 104 Springer Road, Wadesboro; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  February 7, 2017 -- Causey Salutes Rep. Johnson on Captive Insurance Program

RALEIGH -- NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey congratulated Rep. Linda Johnson recently at a Raleigh meeting of insurance executives for her diligence in helping establish North Carolina's captive insurance company program...

  February 6, 2017 -- Durham Couple Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrests of Shakeema Kiera Priester, 27, and Terence Craig Priester, 29, of 3118 Forrestal Drive, Durham; both are charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  February 3, 2017 -- North Carolina Auto Insurance Companies Ask for 13.8 Percent Rate Hike

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the Department of Insurance has received the annual auto insurance rate filing from the North Carolina Rate Bureau. The Bureau, which represents the auto insurance companies in the state...

  February 2, 2017 -- State Fire Marshal Announces Brian Taylor as Assistant Fire Marshal

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced today that Albemarle Fire Marshal Brian Taylor will join the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) as the Assistant State Fire Marshal...

  February 1, 2017 -- State Fire Marshal Supports First Responder Bill

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey today announced his support of new legislation that gives property tax relief to spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty...

  February 1, 2017 -- Wake County Bail Bondsman Accused of Soliciting Business Inside a Confinement Facility

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jonette Michelle Caldwell, 31, of 3413 Asgar Court, Raleigh; she is charged with three counts of soliciting bail bond business inside a confinement facility...

  January 27, 2017 -- Success Continues for North Carolina's Captive Insurance Company Program

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is pleased to report that North Carolina's captive insurance company program once again exceeded expectations during the program's third full year of operation...

  January 25, 2017 -- Beaufort County Woman Accused of Submitting Fraudulent Documents

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jacqueline V. Hughley, 37, of 312 West 9th St., Washington; she is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  January 20, 2017 -- Two Accused of Insurance Fraud in Franklin County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Christopher Lamont Mitchell, 29, and Daniela Alysia Coley, 28, of 157 Johns Lane, Bunn; each is charged with one count each of insurance fraud...

  January 20, 2017 -- Durham Couple Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Marcus Leon Clay, 28, of 426 Lakeland St., Durham and Tenika V. Clay, 34, of 1446 New Castle Road, Durham; each is charged with one count of insurance fraud...

  January 17, 2017 -- N.C. Rate Bureau Withdraws Dwelling Fire Rate Filing

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announces the N.C. Rate Bureau has elected to withdraw the rate filing made on Nov. 30, 2017, which would have seen an increase of +19.6% average in North Carolina...

  January 12, 2017 -- Causey Provides Insurance Checklist for the New Year

RALEIGH -- The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate your insurance policies. Changing circumstances may lead to different insurance needs. Did you have a baby? Get married? Purchase a new home or car? If so, you'll want to check whether you have the right fit in policy protection...

  January 10, 2017 -- Franklin County Man Accused of Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jermaine Walthour, 33, of 905 West Main St., Louisburg; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...