RALEIGH — Last Wednesday, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that a Hoke County woman had been charged with two felonies. Athenia Renee Singletary, 52, of 149 Sweetgum Court, Raeford, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.
Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accused Singletary of making a false statement to Nationwide General Insurance Co. with regards to an offense that occurred on November 1, 2021. The agents argued that her false filing was an attempt to collect on an automobile insurance claim.
According to the criminal summons, Singletary filed a fraudulent claim about how the accident occurred and added a witness who was not at the scene of the accident.
“Property and casualty insurance fraud costs insurance customers an estimated $120 billion a year in increased premiums,” said Commissioner Causey. “The Department of Insurance has beefed up its fraud-fighting staff in an effort to make more arrests to keep fraud from driving up insurance costs.”
If you suspect insurance fraud or other white-collar crimes, please report it. You may anonymously report fraud by calling the NC Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 807-6840.