Orange County woman faces insurance fraud, attempted false pretense charges

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Karen Denice Patillo, 56, of 101 Rock Haven Road, Carrboro, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Patillo of being involved in a vehicle accident on Nov. 23, 2022, and adding insurance coverage after the accident.

According to the criminal summons, Patillo misrepresented the date and time of the accident when she filed a claim with Dairyland Insurance Co.

Patillo was served a criminal summons on March 18.

“Insurance fraud hits consumers in the wallet,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20 cents of every insurance premium dollar go to covering the cost of fraud. I’m fighting this by aggressively pursuing and prosecuting insurance fraud in North Carolina.”

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

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