For Immediate Release: March 8, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special Agents charge Fletcher man with insurance fraud, false pretense

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of James Anthony Bowman, 36, of 98 Vaughn Circle, Fletcher. Bowman was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies.

According to the arrest warrant, Bowman falsely reported to National General Insurance Co. that his Lexus ES 350 was stolen. The insurance company provided Bowman with a rental vehicle and a $9,710 settlement as a result of the claim, the warrant says.

The offenses occurred on July 1, 2018.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division, along with Buncombe County deputies, arrested Bowman on Feb. 11. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

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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