Cary couple accused of insurance fraud


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that a couple from Cary has been charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.

According to the criminal summons, Peter Angelo Paldino, 42, and Danielle Livingston Paldino, 43, both of 112 Elkton Green Court, Cary, provided a fraudulent date of loss for damage to USAA Casualty Insurance Co. so they would have a lower deductible.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse the couple of lowering their deductible from $2,500 to $1,000 after the damage occurred and then telling the insurance company the damage occurred after the deductible was lowered.

The offenses occurred between July 29 and Aug. 5.

Danielle Paldino is due in Chatham County District Court on Feb. 1, 2021. Peter Paldino’s court date is Feb. 15, 2021.

Commissioner Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians nearly 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums.  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




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