Rougemont man charged with insurance fraud


A Timberlake man faces criminal charges after investigators with the North Carolina Department of Insurance alleged he made a false claim on an insurance report.

Matthew David Lay, 24, of 681 Julian Day Road, Rougemont, was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Divison accused Lay of falsely telling Geico Indemnity Co. that a wreck involving his 2005 Chevrolet truck happened in August, 2018, when it actually happened in February, 2018, when he did not have insurance on the vehicle.

Geico paid Lay $6,296.42 for damages to the truck. According to a news release, the offense occurred between Aug. 10, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

Lay was charged July 16. He is scheduled to appear in Person County District Court on Aug. 22.

“Insurance fraud affects our economy. Not only does it damage insurance companies, it cheats businesses and consumers, too,” said N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey.


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