For Immediate Release: January 30, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special Agents charge Browns Summit man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Deshawn Alfonso Sellars, 32, of 7303 Friendship Church Road, Browns Summit. Sellars was charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud.

According to the arrest warrant, Sellars filed auto insurance claims for damages that had previously been paid by two insurance companies. The offenses occurred between Sept. 15, 2018, and Jan. 3, 2019.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division, along with Greensboro police, arrested Sellars on Jan. 9. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on Feb. 11.

Fraud is felt every time consumers pay their insurance premiums. Commissioner Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums.

"Insurance fraud affects our economy. Not only does it damage insurance companies, it cheats businesses and consumers too," Commissioner Causey said. "This kind of white-collar crime is unacceptable. That's why I've doubled the number of Special Agents to investigate insurance fraud. Cracking down on fraud will put more money in the pockets of businesses and consumers."

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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