For Immediate Release: August 2, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special Agents file false pretense charge against Hillsborough woman

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Dominique Denice Johnson, 34, of 6728 Rocky Ridge Road, Hillsborough, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division accuse Johnson of accepting $1,300 from Barbara Walton for services not rendered – painting, delivery of gravel, and pressure washing.

According to the criminal summons, the offense occurred between Feb. 1 and April 1. Johnson was served with the criminal summons on July 29 and is due in Orange County District Court on Aug 5.

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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