Special Agents charge Charlotte man with insurance fraud


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Anthony Marquis Byrd Jr., 34, of 7605 Holy Grove Court, Charlotte, was charged with insurance fraud, a felony.

According to the criminal summons, Byrd tried to deceive Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. by misrepresenting where he was sitting in a 2017 Chevrolet when it was involved in a collision.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division also accuse Byrd of telling the insurance company that another person was driving the car, when she wasn’t even in the vehicle at the time of the collision, and misrepresented an injury in the wreck.

The offense occurred between Feb. 22 and June 4.

Byrd was served with a criminal summons on Oct. 29. He is due in Mecklenburg County District Court on Dec. 14.

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 damages – 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.


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