Rutherford County man charged with insurance fraud

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Andrico Dekwan Brooks, 31, of 129 Cherry Knoll Drive, Rutherfordton. Brooks was charged with two counts of felony insurance fraud.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Brooks of altering the amounts on two towing receipts provided to his insurance company to increase the claims payment.

The offenses occurred on Feb. 2.

Rutherford County deputies arrested Brooks on March 16. He was released on a written promise to appear in Rutherford County District Court, which is scheduled for April 5.

“Property and casualty insurance fraud costs insurance customers an estimated $120 billion a year in increased premiums,” said Commissioner Causey. “The Department of Insurance has beefed up its fraud-fighting staff in an effort to make more arrests to keep fraud from driving up insurance costs.”

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.

Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.

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