For Immediate Release: September 20, 2019

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Special Agents accuse Caswell County man of falsely reporting vehicle stolen

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Dante Jamaal Blackwell, 35, of 451 Underwood Road, Elon. Blackwell was charged with felony insurance fraud.

Special Agents accuse Blackwell of telling National General Insurance Co. that his vehicle was stolen, knowing that the vehicle was being used by someone at his residence who had access to the auto.

According to the arrest warrant, the offense occurred between Nov. 15, 2018, and Jan. 15, 2019.<.p>

Blackwell was arrested on Sept. 9 and released by Caswell County authorities under a $5,000 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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