N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey on Monday announced that a Wilkes County man has been charged with felony insurance fraud.

Scotty Warren Miller, 48, of Oakwoods Road, Wilkesboro, was served with a criminal summons on March 25. He is due in Wilkes District Court on May 12. The offense occurred between Jan. 20 and March 23.

Miller is accused of not providing information about a previous claim and payment for damage and of providing false dates in the claim he filed with N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance Co., according to the criminal summons.

The case began with a vehicle hitting and damaging a rock wall at Miller’s residence on Dec. 2, 2020, said Barry Smith, assistant director of public affairs for the N.C. Department of Insurance.

Smith said Miller received a payment from the insurance company of the driver that hit the wall, but he failed to disclose this prior claim when he filed a claim for the damage with his N.C. Farm Bureau homeowners’ insurance.

Smith said Miller didn’t receive any money from N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance.

Causey said about 20% of insurance premium costs go to pay for insurance fraud, making this a crime affecting everyone.

Causey has more than doubled the number of special agents investigating fraud and white-collar crimes since 2017. Special agents from his department made 1,612 arrests from 2017 through 2020.

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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