For Immediate Release: February 6, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special Agents charge Charlotte man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Kahlisemon Da Aru Anwar Ortiz, 34, of 1917 Taylor Ave., Charlotte. Ortiz was charged with felony insurance fraud.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division accuse Ortiz of falsely claiming lost wages as a result of an automobile accident. Ortiz claimed he was employed by and lost wages from Get a Gryp Fitness in Brooklyn, N.Y., a company that does not exist, according to the arrest warrant.

The offense occurred on Aug. 15, 2018. Ortiz was arrested on Jan. 24 and given a $1,000 unsecured bond pending a Feb. 14 court date in Mecklenburg County.

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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