Hickory man charged with insurance fraud


RALEIGH

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Kenneth Roberts, 42, of 8770 Carroll St., Hickory, was charged with insurance fraud, a felony.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Roberts of providing a $28,995 repair estimate from a business that does not exist in support of an automobile insurance policy claim with Geico.

The offense occurred between Aug. 13, 2020, and March 8, 2021.

Catawba County deputies served Roberts with a criminal summons on Aug. 3.

“Insurance fraud hurts consumers,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20% of your insurance premium goes to cover the cost of fraud. That’s why I’m aggressively pursuing and prosecuting insurance fraud in North Carolina.”

If you suspect insurance fraud or other white-collar crimes, please report it. You may report fraud anonymously by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.



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