For Immediate Release: 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.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse the defendants of deliberately evading automobile insurance rates in Mecklenburg County by fraudulently reporting the same address at 8814 Silver Charm Lane, Waxhaw. Investigators allege that 70 taxi and limousine drivers were attempting to evade the higher automobile insurance premiums in Charlotte.

Ali Jafe, Abdalla, Yemane Adhanom, Walid Mohamed Ahmed, Lual Diing Akoi, Senay Senshaw Alimaw, Jilali Attioui, Hassan Nur Ayanle, Animaw Tenager Azage, Hicham Boussehib, Asnakew Sisay Bulad, Geoff Lee Callison, Bashir Ahmad Chaudhry, Serge Dramane Coulibaly, Tesfaye Alebachew Dangachew, Goitom Tesfagebreil Dori, Moneer Mohammed Elata, Ali Hashi Farah, Sega Faye, Addiszemen Kinfe Gebreegziabher, Bereket Redae Gebrehiwot, Yohannes Aregawi Gebremedhin, Tewelde Kidane Gebremedhin, Endalkachew Assefa Gela, Ftsum Tekeste Ghebrezghi, Hagos Abraham Girme, Binyam Kassahun Hailu, Zelalem Desta Hardilo, Artur Hernandez, Zia Jaan, Omar Jaber, Guled Salad Jama, Zache Jean, Robertson Kabongo Kalonji, Victor Y, Kamara, Sara Ngalula Katshimuka, Demas Bayuh Kefale, Bashir Khan, Hailemichael Fessahaye Kidane, Michael Lamey, Ayalneh Kassahun Lemma, Jimmie Olen Marks, Norris Michael Mason, Vasant Dharamshi Mirani, Eyoel Mulugeta, Mohammad Nawaz, David Matthew Newcomb, Alaric Ninley, Prentur Nkwontchoua, Hermann Nkwah Nuvi, Philip Apau Owiredu, Juan Roman Perez, Nirmo Anthony Pinillo, Muhammad Tariq Rafay, Youness Raiss, Mosaad Mohammad Ahmed Sallam, Maged Keddis Awad Sawiris, Yosef Tafesse, Amad Kahlil Taib, Mohammad Ibrahim Tanveer, Paul Kasongo Tcham, Ghebreigziabher Teclemariam, Ferehiwot Teklemariam, Merhawi Semere Tesfai, Mohammad Azam Tiwana, John Jairo Velasquez, Khawaja Mohammad Waheed, Daniel Nega Weldeslassie, Tsehaye Weldeberhan Weldetekle, Pearly Mae Williams, Adelaide Ndie Yossa were each charged with one count of rate evasion in Mecklenburg County.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. 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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