North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Charmyne Altrease Bull, 32, of 5801 Nottoway Court, Raleigh. Bull was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies.
Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Bull of receiving $7,457.28 from a USAA Insurance Co. renters’ insurance claim by providing false documents for proof of loss.
The offenses occurred between April 14, 2019, and April 2, 2020.
Bull was arrested on April 25. She was given an $8,000 secured bond. She is due in Wake County District Court on June 29.
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 www.ncdoi.gov.