Special Agents file insurance fraud charge in unlicensed public adjuster case

RALEIGH

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Rose Geathers Edwards, 54, of 1220 Echo Glen Road, Charlotte, was charged with insurance fraud.

Edwards is accused of filing a claim for a client through her company, Public Adjusters of the Carolinas, which was not licensed as a public adjuster company in North Carolina. The offense occurred between Aug. 8 and Aug. 28.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division served Edwards with a criminal summons on Dec. 9. She is due in Cabarrus County District Court on Jan. 14, 2020.

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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