North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Felicia Bryant, 46, of 104 Redman Court, LaGrange. Bryant was charged with insurance fraud, a felony.
According to the arrest warrant, Bryant filed a new vehicle damage claim with Geico when the damage had previously been reported to Allstate.
The offense occurred on April 26.
Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested Bryant on Sept. 11. She was released on $3,000 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 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.