Warrenton woman charged with insurance fraud following claim that auto hit a deer

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jamie Michelle Barker, 32, of 295 Ed Alston Road, Warrenton. Barker is charged with insurance fraud, a felony.

According to the arrest warrant, Barker filed a claim with Progressive Insurance Co. on July 22, 2020, saying damage to her automobile was caused by vandalism. She filed another claim for the same damage, saying that it was caused by a collision with a deer on Oct. 18, 2020, the warrant says.

Barker was arrested on Jan. 26. She was given a $2,000 secured bond.

“Insurance fraud hurts consumers; it costs North Carolina consumers nearly 20 cents on every dollar they pay in insurance premiums,” Commissioner Causey said. “That’s why I’ve more than doubled the number of special agents to crack down on fraud and other types of white-collar crime.”

Over the past three years, CID Special Agents recovered nearly $12 million used in fraudulent activities. That money has been Over 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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