For Immediate Release: January 3, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special agents accuse High Point man of issuing false driver's liability forms

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of William Robert Justice, 58, of 2204 Chestnut St. Extension, High Point. Justice was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Justice of selling false driver’s liability insurance forms to five different people. The five needed to produce proof of liability insurance to receive a North Carolina driver’s license, according to the arrest warrant.

Justice obtained $735 from Hix’s Insurance Center as a result of the offenses, the warrant says.

The offenses occurred between Jan. 2, 2018, and Sept. 28, 2018.

High Point police arrested Justice on Dec. 27 in Guilford 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 Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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