Special Agents accuse Charlotte man of insurance fraud, conspiracy in tornado damage claim


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Ronald Nathaniel Bradley, 57, of 835 Belmont Drive, Charlotte, was charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Bradley of filing a false claim with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., saying his vehicle was damaged by a tornado. According to the criminal summons, the vehicle was parked at his previous residence in Davidson County and was not damaged by the weather.

The offenses occurred between June 1, 2018, and Aug. 28, 2018.

Bradley was served with a criminal summons on Aug. 25. He is due in Davidson County District Court on Oct. 13.

Commissioner Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums, maybe more.  That’s why he has cracked down on this white-collar crime by boosting the NCDOI Criminal Investigations Division.

Over the past two years, CID Special Agents recovered $7.5 million in damages – money that was 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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