Special Agents accuse Charlotte woman of insurance fraud


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Blair Elizabeth Barbee, 32, of 2011 O’Hara Drive, Charlotte, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Barbee of attempting to collect $5,885.90 from Geico by submitting a false claim on her 2017 Jeep Cherokee.

According to the criminal summons, Barbee had submitted a claim for the same damage at an earlier date saying it occurred as a result of a robbery.

Barbee was served two criminal summonses on Sept. 25. She is due in Mecklenburg County District Court on Oct. 28.

Fraud is felt every time consumers pay their insurance premiums. Commissioner Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums.

"Insurance fraud affects our economy.  Not only does it damage insurance companies, it cheats businesses and consumers too," Commissioner Causey said. "This kind of white-collar crime is unacceptable. That's why I've doubled the number of Special Agents to investigate insurance fraud. Cracking down on fraud will put more money in the pockets of businesses and consumers.”

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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