Wilmington man accused of falsely claiming his auto struck a deer

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of David Thomas Sheeley, 32, of 527 Wallington Road, Wilmington. Sheeley was charged with insurance fraud, a felony.

According to the arrest warrant, Sheeley falsely told Geico Insurance Co. that his vehicle was damaged from a collision with a deer when he hit a median sign.

The offense occurred on Feb. 2.

Sheeley was arrested on March 11. He was released under $5,000 unsecured bond.

“Insurance fraud is a crime affecting everyone,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20% of insurance premium costs go to pay for insurance fraud.”

Since 2017, Commissioner Causey has more than doubled the number of special agents investigating fraud and white-collar crimes. As a result, special agents from 2017 through 2020 have made 1,612 arrest.

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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