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Insurance fraud is a huge business in North Carolina. Millions of dollars are lost each year to people who commit this type of crime. Insurance fraud can come in many forms as well, from fraud in health insurance to property and casualty insurance to life and disability insurance. Likewise, property-related insurance fraud is particularly prevalent because of hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters in the area. Insurance fraud is defined as a situation in which a person receives money for filing a false claim, inflating a legitimate claim, or billing for services that were never received.
Common types of insurance fraud include the following:
- Arson for profit
- Life and disability fraud
- False pretense / statements
- Automobile repairs
- Automobile accidents
- Medical insurance fraud
- Willful failure to pay group insurance premiums
If you’ve been accused of committing insurance fraud, talk to one of our skilled Raleigh fraud attorneys. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh are dedicated to making a positive impact on our clients’ lives by finding creative solutions to protect their rights, future, freedom, and reputation. Let us see how we can help.
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If you are accused of committing insurance fraud, North Carolina and federal laws permit law enforcement to pursue cases on the state and federal level. On the federal level, the crime might be considered mail fraud, criminal racketeering, or other federal offenses. The maximum penalties for racketeering include a fine of up to $25,000 and up to 20 years in prison; likewise, you may have to forfeit all business interests and gains gleaned from the criminal activities. Any plaintiffs involved are also allowed to sue for triple damages.
Typically, on the state level, the penalty is similar. Insurance fraud would be considered a felony offense, which could result in prison time, high fines, and restitution for the victims. Likewise, you could be subject to civil penalties (fines) and revocation of your business license.
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If you’re facing an insurance fraud charge, do yourself a favor and talk to one of our skilled Raleigh criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. We can take a look at your case and offer our experienced advice on your best course of action. If your business is on the line, make sure you do all you can to keep your business license from being revoked. Let us see what we can do for you.
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