For Immediate Release: September 17, 2012

Charlotte Woman Accused of Fraudulently Obtaining Driver's License with Fake Form

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Briana Ciara Byers, 18, of 3003 Fairglen Road, Charlotte; she is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Byers, while volunteering at an insurance agency in Charlotte, created a fake DL-123 form showing proof of auto liability insurance to fraudulently obtain a driver’s license on Aug. 24.

Byers was arrested on Sept. 15 in Mecklenburg County and placed under a $1,000 secured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have received more than 14,000 complaints, resulting in 602 arrests, 333 criminal convictions and more than 110 pending court cases. These efforts have delivered more than $48.5 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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