Staley man charged with insurance fraud, false pretense involving camper damage

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Clifton Lawrence Bowman, 52, of 5045 Wood Meadows Road, Staley. Bowman 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 Bowman of obtaining $8,179.73 from Foremost Insurance Co. by claiming a storm damaged his camper when the damages were a result of long-term water damage and rot.

The offense occurred on May 27, 2021.

Special agents arrested Bowman on Feb. 3. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bond. Bowman is due in Randolph County District Court on Feb. 21.

“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

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