For Immediate Release: March 8, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

High Point man faces insurance fraud charge

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Jason Lee Hinson, 46, of 843 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, was charged with felony insurance fraud.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Hinson of providing false information relating to an auto policy claim with Progressive Insurance.

According to a criminal summons. Hinson’s vehicle was damaged at 6:39 a.m. on Aug. 2, 2018. He renewed a canceled policy with Progressive later that morning, at 10:14 a.m., and filed a damage claim on Aug. 8, 2018.

Special Agents and Guilford County deputies served Hinson with a criminal summons on Feb. 25. He is scheduled to be in Guilford County District Court on March 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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