North Carolina Criminal Investigations Reserve Unit Formed to Fight Insurance Fraud

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has organized a Criminal Investigations Reserve Unit to combat the extensive number of insurance fraud cases in the state., four veteran law enforcement personnel, were sworn-in Thursday as inductees at a ceremony in Raleigh last week.

“Today’s ceremony is a testament to the character of these men and women who are donating their time to fight fraud – a top priority of mine,” said Causey. “Fraud costs about 18 cents of every dollar we pay for insurance premiums. With their help – with each arrest – we can save consumers’ money.”

The four inductees law enforcement backgrounds include:

They join the force of 40 full-time agents serving North Carolinians across the state. According to NCDOI the number of fraud arrests have more than doubled since Causey took office. In 2016, the Criminal Investigations Division made arrests in 57 of the 100 North Carolina counties; in 2018, those arrests increased to 93 of the state’s 100 counties.

NCDOI’s criminal investigators are sworn, state law enforcement officers authorized to carry firearms, make arrests, conduct searches and present cases at all levels of prosecution. They work in cooperation with the insurance industry, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. They investigate crimes involving insurance fraud, and criminal violations that deal with bail bonding.

Source: North Carolina Department of Insurance