Lumberton man faces insurance fraud, false pretense charges


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Samuel Lee Lang Johnson, 43, of 2703 Freedom Drive, Lumberton. Johnson was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies, along with misdemeanor making false statements on an insurance application.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Johnson of submitting multiple claims to Allstate Insurance Co. for damages to a 2004 Buick Rendezvous and obtaining payment from the company after providing false information on an insurance application to obtain the policy.

The offenses occurred between July 5, 2019, and Aug. 23, 2019.

Johnson was arrested on Jan. 23 and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Commissioner Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums, maybe more.  That’s why he has cracked down on this white-collar crime by boosting the NCDOI Criminal Investigations Division.

Over the past two years, CID Special Agents recovered $7.5 million in criminal activities – money that was returned to consumers and insurance companies.  The restitution also helps preserve insurance rates.

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

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