For Immediate Release: September 10, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special agents charge Efland man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Brent Lyndon Snipes, 21, of 4804 Governor Umstead Circle, Efland. He was charged with felony insurance fraud.

According to the warrant, Snipes attempted to deceive National General Insurance Co. by filing an auto claim with a fictitious time of loss. The offense occurred between Dec. 30, 2017, and March 20, 2018.

Special agents with the Criminal Investigations Division of the N.C. Department of Insurance arrested Snipes on July 30 in Durham County. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year. According to Commissioner Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums -- and it’s getting worse.

"I am determined to stem the tide of insurance fraud in this state in order to save residents money," said Commissioner Causey. "That’s why I am dedicated to the mission of our NCDOI law enforcement officers who investigate and prosecute claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud."

To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigation Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com

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