For Immediate Release: May 10, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Greensboro, Burlington men arrested for acting as false bail agents among other charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Michael Deshawn Sawyer, 27, of 1201 Crisp St., Goldsboro. Sawyer 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 Sawyer of falsely reporting that his 2015 Nissan Altima was damaged by gunfire on Nov. 29, 2018, one day after he purchased insurance on the vehicle.

According to the arrest warrant, the damage occurred on or before Nov. 27, 2018, one day before the insurance coverage was initiated on Nov. 28, 2018.

Special Agents, along with Duplin County sheriff's deputies, arrested Sawyer on May 1. He was given a $4,000 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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