For Immediate Release: April 30, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

SSpecial Agents charge Brunswick County woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Lashandra Jean Humphrey, 34, of 665 Smith Road, Supply. Humphrey was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division accuse Humphrey of trying to obtain $2,000 from American Bankers Insurance Co. of Florida by presenting an altered estimate for damages on a homeowners' claim.

According to the arrest warrant, the offense occurred on Oct. 9, 2018.

Special Agents arrested Humphrey on April 26. She was given a $5,000 secured bond and is due in Brunswick County District Court on June 6.

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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