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  March 20, 2019 -- Denver woman accused of insurance fraud involving lapsed policy

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Madalena Carroll Nisi, 52, of 1443 Overbrook Lane, Denver, was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  March 20, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Charlotte man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Terrell Deon-Ellis Johnson, 41, of 4219 Waterford Valley Circle, Charlotte, was charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  March 13, 2019 -- Former Johnston County volunteer fire chief given probation, ordered to make restitution after pleading guilty to insurance fraud, embezzlement, false pretense charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the conviction of a former Johnston County volunteer fire chief, who was given probation and ordered to repay more than $23,000 he took after filing fraudulent insurance claims for fire department equipment...

  March 12, 2019 -- Operation Medicine Drop fights opioid epidemic with statewide take-back events during National Poison Prevention week

RALEIGH -- In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, which runs March 17-23, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids NC Chairman Mike Causey encourages North Carolinians to safely dispose of unused or expired medications at one of the Operation Medicine Drop take-back events around the state...

  March 12, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Yadkin County woman with insurance fraud on renters’ policy claim

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Shawntel Gonzalez, 29, of 506 S. Mineral Springs Drive, Jonesville. Gonzalez was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  March 8, 2019 -- Change your clock, change your battery

RALEIGH -- With the onset of daylight saving time on Sunday, March 10, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds residents to practice this life-saving habit: When you change your clock this weekend for the beginning of daylight saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm...

  March 8, 2019 -- High Point man faces insurance fraud charge

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Jason Lee Hinson, 46, of 843 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  March 8, 2019 -- Special Agents charge High Point man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jamarus Jaquis Hamilton, 25, pf 404 Vine St., High Point. Hamilton was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  March 8, 2019 -- Special Agents file insurance fraud charge against Waxhaw woman

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Tianda Patrice Tuft, 37, of 307 Ranelagh Drive, Waxhaw, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies...

  March 8, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Greensboro man with insurance fraud, false pretense

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Taekwon Connor, 42, of 2612 New Garden Road, Greensboro. Connor was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies...

  March 8, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Fletcher man with insurance fraud, false pretense

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of James Anthony Bowman, 36, of 98 Vaughn Circle, Fletcher. Bowman was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies...

  March 8, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Mooresville man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Darren Jacob Surratt, 35, of 160 Flowering Grove Lane, Mooresville...

  March 8, 2019 -- Raleigh woman accused of filing false unemployment claims

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of a Raleigh woman accused of filing false unemployment insurance claims while being employed full time...

  February 22, 2019 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey backs distracted driving legislation to save lives, cut insurance costs

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is backing legislation that would ban handheld cellphone use while driving as a means of saving lives, preventing injuries and driving down automobile insurance costs...

  February 20, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Georgia man with conspiracy to embezzle

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Sheldon James May, 27, of Columbus, Ga. May is charged with felony conspiracy...

  February 20, 2019 -- Saint Pauls woman accused of falsely reporting electrical surge damage to TVs

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Melissa Anne Oldfield, 25, of 580 E. McRainey Road, Saint Pauls, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies...

  February 20, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Kannapolis woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Stephanie Blackwood, 34, of 428 Settlers Ridge Drive, Kannapolis...

  February 19, 2019 -- Insurance companies request homeowners' rate increase for mobile home policies

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed a request to increase homeowners' insurance rates for mobile home policies with the N.C. Department of Insurance...

  February 19, 2019 -- Garner man faces numerous charges related to renters' insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Dwight Eugene Bell Jr., 30, of 920 Bryan Place, Garner, on multiple charges involving renters' insurance policies...

  February 14, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Georgia man with conspiracy to embezzle

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Christopher Shawn Brice, 27, of Marietta, Ga. Brice was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy...

  February 14, 2019 -- Special Agents charge father, daughter with insurance fraud, conspiracy

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Clifton Lewis Lemons, 65, of 105 Old Lexington Road, Thomasville, and his daughter, Brandena Leigh Lemons, 36, 302 Richardson Ave., High Point...

  February 14, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Timberlake man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jimmy Edward Brown, 36, of 811 Surl-Mount Tirzah Road, Timberlake. Brown was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  February 7, 2019 -- Commissioner Causey disagrees with insurance companies' proposed homeowners' rate increase: sets hearing date

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has set Sept. 4, 2019, as the hearing date for the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposed statewide average 17.4 percent homeowners’ insurance rate increase...

  February 6, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Charlotte man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Kahlisemon Da Aru Anwar Ortiz, 34, of 1917 Taylor Ave., Charlotte. Ortiz was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  February 5, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Laurinburg woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Amber Lashae Morrison, 31, of 12521 Rocky Ford Road, Laurinburg. Ford was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies...

  February 4, 2019 -- Auto insurance companies ask for 7.6 percent rate increase

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Rate Bureau submitted its annual auto insurance filing with the N.C. Department of Insurance and is requesting an overall statewide average increase of 7.6 percent, announced Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey...

  February 4, 2019 -- Don't Feel the Burn: National Burn Awareness Week runs Feb. 3-9

RALEIGH -- In recognition of 2019 National Burn Awareness Week, which runs Feb. 3-9, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds residents of the causes of burn injuries and the resources of burn care available...

  February 1, 2019 -- Commissioner Causey urges TV safety ahead of Super Bowl weekend

RALEIGH -- As we all get ready to tune in to Super Bowl LIII on February 3rd, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chair Mike Causey wants to make sure you can enjoy the game safely and without worry...

  January 30, 2019 -- Special Agents arrest Texas man on embezzlement, conspiracy charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Special Agents have arrested a Texas man on charges of embezzling $83,196.73 between December 2015 and March 2016...

  January 30, 2019 -- Goldsboro woman charged with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Annie Darlene Bell, 49, of 900 N. Virginia St., Goldsboro. Bell was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  January 30, 2019 -- Greensboro woman faces false pretense, bail bond charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Kristie Baldwin Fuller, 49, of 230 Webster Road, Greensboro. Fuller was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and a misdemeanor charge of being a bail bondsman without a license...

  January 30, 2019 -- Special Agents charge Browns Summit man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Deshawn Alfonso Sellars, 32, of 7303 Friendship Church Road, Browns Summit. Sellars was charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud...

  January 29, 2019 -- With cold snap ahead, State Fire Marshal Mike Causey shows dangers of space heaters in live fire demonstration

RALEIGH -- As an arctic front moves in to North Carolina today, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is leading the charge to prevent fire deaths in 2019 by reminding residents of the dangers associated with space heaters...

  January 9, 2019 -- Dental office employee charged with insurance fraud, embezzlement

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of William Robert Justice, 58, of 2204 Chestnut St. Extension, High Point. Justice was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense...

  January 9, 2019 -- Special agents file arson, insurance fraud charges against Clay County man

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Brandon Goforth, 35, of 380 School Drive, Hayesville. Goforth was charged with felony second-degree arson, felony insurance fraud, and misdemeanor injury to real property...

  January 9, 2019 -- Special agents accuse Candler woman of false pretense, bail bond violations

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Estonia Lace Howerton, 34, of 19 Pathway Lane, Candler...

  January 3, 2019 -- Special agents accuse High Point man of issuing false driver's liability forms

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of William Robert Justice, 58, of 2204 Chestnut St. Extension, High Point. Justice was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense...

  January 3, 2019 -- Durham man arrested on insurance fraud, false pretense charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Djuan Colby Mitchell, 29, of 200 Seven Oaks Road Apartment 19-C, Durham. Mitchell was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense...

  January 3, 2019 -- Special agents accuse Winston-Salem man of insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Rodney L. Wilhelm, 36, of 2171 Phibbs Road, Elon...