For Immediate Release: January 3, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Durham man arrested on insurance fraud, false pretense charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Djuan Colby Mitchell, 29, of 200 Seven Oaks Road Apartment 19-C, Durham. Mitchell was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

According to the arrest warrant, Mitchell is accused of falsely obtaining $1,270 by submitting duplicate auto insurance claims to both Progressive Insurance and The General Insurance Company. The offenses occurred between March 29, 2018, and June 25, 2018.

Durham police arrested Mitchel on Dec. 27 in Durham County. He was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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 Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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