Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Wake County man arrested on false pretense charges

Dec 20, 2022

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Tony Olandy Burt, 49, of 1118 Parker St., Raleigh. Burt was charged with one count of common law uttering (passing a check) and one count of obtaining property by false pretense, both felonies.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Burt of depositing a $993.33 fraudulent check and then withdrawing $225 from the account.

The offenses occurred on June 9.

Burt was arrested on Dec. 16. His was given a $6,000 secured bond on the two charges.

Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Wells Fargo Bank, Coastal Federal Credit Union and the Wake County Sheriff’s office assisted in the investigation.

Commissioner Causey encourages North Carolinians to help keep insurance premiums low by reporting suspicious fraud.

“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime,” Commissioner Causey said. “It hits all of us in the pocket through higher premiums.”

If you suspect insurance fraud or other white-collar crimes, please report it. You may anonymously report fraud by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.

Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.

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