North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Masean Courtney McCurdy, 24, of 815 Martin Luther King Drive, Thomasville. McCurdy was charged with insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, all felonies.
Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse McCurdy of providing a false insurance claim to State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance. In it, she maintained that furniture damage occurred after she took out a renters’ insurance policy when it occurred before she took out the policy.
According to the arrest warrant, McCurdy obtained $6,768.58 from the insurance company. She took out the policy Aug. 19, 2021, and reported in the claim that the furniture damage occurred later on Aug. 22, 2021. However, the property manager said the damage occurred earlier on Aug. 16, 2021, according to the warrant.
Special agents also accuse McCurdy of attempting to obtain $12,200 from the insurance company by submitting a fraudulent invoice for reimbursement for furniture.
The offenses occurred between Aug. 16, 2021, and Oct. 28, 2021.
Special agents and Lexington police arrested McCurdy on Feb. 8. She was released on $15,000 unsecured bond.
“Insurance fraud hits consumers in the wallet,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20 cents of every insurance premium dollar go to covering the cost of fraud. I’m fighting this by aggressively pursuing and prosecuting insurance fraud in North Carolina.”
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.