For Immediate Release: April 17, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special Agents accuse Smithfield woman of insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Calleigh Marie Grennier, 29, of 110 S. Lakeside Drive, Smithfield. Grennier was charged with felony insurance fraud

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division accuse Grennier of making a false and misleading statement regarding an auto insurance claim. According to the arrest warrant, Grennier falsely said she was not driving a car involved in an accident.

The offense occurred between July 4, 2018, and March 27, 2019.

Grennier was arrested on April 12 and given a $20,000 unsecured bond.

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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