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  November 16, 2018 -- State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges caution in the kitchen this Thanksgiving

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds North Carolinians to be aware of kitchen and cooking safety ahead of Thanksgiving when it is easy to be distracted by activity and guests in the home...

  November 7, 2018 -- SHIIP teams with High Point University students to help seniors with Medicare enrollment

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is proud to announce a joint venture with High Point University that allows college students to earn "real life" work experience and college credit while also benefitting North Carolinian?s seniors with their Medicare coverage...

  November 1, 2018 -- State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds families to 'Change your clocks, change your battery'

RALEIGH -- With the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov.4 at 2 a.m., N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges North Carolinians of this life-saving habit: When you change your clock this weekend, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm...

  October 31, 2018 -- Operation Medicine Drop collects millions of potentially dangerous medications

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chairman Mike Causey is pleased to announce the results of the highly successful 2018 fall statewide Operation Medicine Drop/Take Back Event...

  October 26, 2018 -- Plea in cancer insurance fraud case lands Lenoir County woman in prison

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that a Lenoir County woman who filed 287 fraudulent cancer insurance claims was sentenced to 44 to 65 months in prison after pleading guilty to false pretense charges stemming from an investigation by special agents by the department's Criminal Investigations Division...

  October 26, 2018 -- Open enrollment for 2019 federal health insurance begins Nov. 1

RALEIGH -- Officials with the N.C. Department of Insurance remind residents that Open Enrollment for the 2019 Federal Health Insurance Exchange begins Thursday, November 1, 2018 and runs through December 15, 2018 for coverage to start January 1, 2019...

  October 24, 2018 -- Operation Medicine Drop aims to fight opioid epidemic by preventing poisonings

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids NC Chairman Mike Causey encourages North Carolinians to safely dispose of unused or expired medications at one of more than 70 Operation Medicine Drop events around the state on Saturday, October 27...

  October 24, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey approves decrease to workers' compensation rates

RALEIGH -- N.C. business owners may soon enjoy lower operating costs. On Oct. 19, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey approved an average 17.2 percent rate decrease for workers? compensation insurance to be effective April 1, 2019...

  October 23, 2018 -- Be aware: When the thermometer dips, fires increase

RALEIGH -- With colder weather setting in across North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges families to exercise fire safety when it comes to heating their homes...

  October 22, 2018 -- Nat'l Teen Driver Safety Week spotlights the do's and don'ts of safe driving

RALEIGH -- In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 21-27, 2018), Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids NC Chairman Mike Causey urges teens and their families to discuss smart strategies for staying safe behind the wheel...

  October 15, 2018 -- Medicare open enrollment now underway and runs until December 7

RALEIGH -- The Medicare enrollment period is now open and runs for the next seven weeks. Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plan and make changes as necessary. By comparing plans during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and ensure their 2019 plan is best suited to meet their needs...

  October 4, 2018 -- State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds families to "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere."

RALEIGH -- In recognition of 2018 Fire Prevention Week which runs from Oct. 7-13, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is urging everyone to uphold this year’s campaign theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere."...

  October 3, 2018 -- Safe Kids NC organizes Child Passenger Safety Seat Take Back events to help victims of Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH -- In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids NC Chairman Mike Causey is partnering with several agencies to host a statewide initiative to help parents and children in communities affected by flooding...

  September 26, 2018 -- Duke ER doctor, state officials urge proper use of child safety seats, belts

RALEIGH -- A pediatric emergency room doctor from Duke University Medical Center and state officials appealed to parents, grandparents and child care-givers to make sure children are properly restrained when they get into a car...

  September 21, 2018 -- State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges safety and understanding ahead of Falls Prevention Awareness Week

RALEIGH -- In recognition of Falls Prevention Awareness Week in North Carolina, which runs from September 24-29, 2018, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey wants to remind the public about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce fall risk...

  September 19, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey to Florence victims: Don't be a victim twice

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urged people victimized by Hurricane Florence to stay strong and avoid being taken advantage of by dishonest contractors and scam artists...

  September 18, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey sets up Insurance Camps, Victim Assistance Centers to help storm victims get lives back on track

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has organized consumer assistance centers to help storm victims recover from the damaged incurred by Hurricane Florence. Today, he set up Insurance Camps with the industry to allow storm victims direct access to their insurance companies...

  September 17, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey sets up Victim Assistance Centers with FEMA, Nat’l Flood Insurance Program across the storm-ravaged state

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today has concluded a briefing with FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program to begin organizing Victim Assistance Centers (VAC) across the state. Together, VACs will be set up as early as this week to help storm victims with their insurance questions...

  September 13, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner assures residents industry is storm-ready

RALEIGH -- As Hurricane Florence closes in on North Carolina’s coast, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey offers a word of support to residents whose homes and property are vulnerable to storm damage...

  September 10, 2018 -- Special agents charge Efland man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Brent Lyndon Snipes, 21, of 4804 Governor Umstead Circle, Efland. He was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  September 10, 2018 -- Durham woman charged with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Nakia Louisanna Craig, 43, of 915 Plum St., Durham. She is charged with felony insurance fraud...

  September 10, 2018 -- Special agents charge Fayetteville woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Brandi M. Rivera, 40, of 5541 Fountain Grove Circle, Fayetteville, has been charged with insurance fraud...

  September 10, 2018 -- Special agents accuse Winston-Salem man of practicing law without a license

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Johnny Carroll Clifton Jr., 47, of 714 Brookford Place Court, Winston-Salem. He is charged with practicing law without a license, a misdemeanor...

  September 10, 2018 -- Insurance agent accused of embezzling funds

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Shylemu Wylemu Jones, 37, of 159 Timber Lane, Henderson. Jones was charged with embezzlement by...

  September 10, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey urges residents to prepare now for Florence's fury

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has joined Gov. Roy Cooper in the effort to prepare North Carolinians for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence, now a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm...

  August 24, 2018 -- New Medicare cards being mailed out

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds people who have Medicare health insurance to check their mail boxes. Their new Medicare card could be in there...

  August 22, 2018 -- How to optimize your Medicare benefits - SHIIP holds free public events around North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and staff from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits...

  August 18, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey, UNC Asheville reach agreement to abate new dorm safety issues, allow student to move into residence halls immediately

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable have reached a late-night agreement that will address fire safety concerns and allow students to move into their dorms immediately...

  August 16, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey prohibits use of UNC Asheville's new residence halls due to life safety concerns

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today has prohibited the use of the University of North Carolina at Asheville's five newly constructed residence halls because the buildings pose life safety concerns to students...

  August 15, 2018 -- Special agents charge Greensboro woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Sharonda Gail Murphy, 29, of 1504 Hudgins Drive Apt. B., Greensboro. She was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  August 8, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey offers tips to avoid roofing scams

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is offering tips to avoid roofing scams in the wake of the arrest of a roofing company owner who did not perform roof replacement work after collecting money from homeowners and insurance companies to do so...

  August 7, 2018 -- Special agents' investigation leads to roofing firm owner's arrest

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of the owner of Above and Beyond Roofing on charges stemming from a months-long investigation into fraudulent roof repair...

  August 3, 2018 -- Special agents charge Greensboro woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Amelia Tanisha Jones, 34, of 4018 McIntosh St. Apt. E, Greensboro. Jones was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  August 3, 2018 -- Special agents charge man with fraud in Cumberland, Harnett counties

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Dakwon Antonio Bunch, 28, of 113 Kings Parkway, Raleigh. Bunch is charged with two counts of felony insurance fraud, one count of felony obtaining property by false pretense...

  August 3, 2018 -- Durham man accused of fraudulently making insurance claim on repossessed vehicle

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Vernon Burton, 54, of 45 E. Lawson St. Apt. C, Durham. Burton was charged with felony insurance fraud, felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  August 3, 2018 -- Special agents charge Martin County women with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrests of Telsey Bess, 24, and Shelice Monee Whitaker, 25, both of 4600 N.C. Highway 125, Oak City...

  August 2, 2018 -- August is Back to School Safety Month: Know the rules of the road

RALEIGH -- August is Back to School Safety Month, and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey who also serves as the Chair for SafeKids NC reminds students, parents, and motorists to use extra caution as students walk, drive, or ride the bus to school...

  August 1, 2018 -- Special agents file fraud, other charges against Deep Run man

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Christopher Lamarr Outlaw, 29, of 2167 Eric Sparrow Road, Deep Run...

  July 30, 2018 -- CANCELED DUE TO FORECASTED RAIN - MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - Heatstroke Prevention Awareness Day: Look before you Lock

RALEIGH -- In recognition of National Heatstroke Prevention Awareness Day on Tuesday, July 31, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chairman Mike Causey along with the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Mark Ezzell will demonstrate the danger of leaving a child in a hot car for just one minute...

  July 27, 2018 -- MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - Heatstroke Prevention Awareness Day: Look before you Lock

RALEIGH -- In recognition of National Heatstroke Prevention Awareness Day on Tuesday, July 31, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chairman Mike Causey along with the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Mark Ezzell will demonstrate the danger of leaving a child in a hot car for just one minute...

  July 24, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey welcomes Arch Capital to N.C.

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today welcomed Arch Capital Services new division headquarters to North Carolina. Commissioner Causey advocates for more companies to come to the state to bring more competition...

  July 20, 2018 -- MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - Children combat blazes, learn fire safety at Guil-Rand Fire Department Kids Camp

RALEIGH -- It’s no secret the number of North Carolinians who have died this year due to fire is hovering at an alarming rate. With that in mind, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is pleased to announce the Guil-Rand Fire Department is teaching children not only to prevent fires, but to fight fires at its Kids Camp in Archdale...

  July 18, 2018 -- SHIIP Announces Annual Regional Awards

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced the recipients of the annual regional awards from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program...

  July 18, 2018 -- Commissioner, SHIIP staff announce statewide award winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) staff have congratulated the winners of four statewide awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina...

  July 12, 2018 -- Special agents charge Raleigh man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Clyde Lee Crawford, 34, of 7018 Farmdale Road, Raleigh. Crawford was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  July 12, 2018 -- Special agents charge Fayetteville man with insurance fraud, identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Miguel Rodriguez, 46, of 7665 Southbend Drive, Fayetteville. Rodriguez was charged with felony...

  July 9, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey urges storm preparedness as Tropical Storm Chris lurks off North Carolina coast

RALEIGH -- As Tropical Storm Chris lurks off the North Carolina coast, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey wants all residents to remain prepared for what could be a very active hurricane season...

  July 6, 2018 -- Don't throw caution to the wind: Avoid fireworks!

RALEIGH -- The Fourth of July may be over, but Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds North Carolinians fireworks used at any time can be dangerous and should be left to the professionals...

  July 3, 2018 -- Special agents charge Charlotte woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Natiela Ayesha Stuckes, 34, of 6433 Caymus Drive, Charlotte, has been charged with felony insurance fraud...

  July 3, 2018 -- Special agents charge Rocky Mount woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Lashunda Bobbitt, 38, of 1813 Boone St., Rocky Mount. Bobbitt was charged with felony insurance fraud and making a false report to police, which is a misdemeanor...

  July 3, 2018 -- Special agents charge Monroe man with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Gary Miller, 44 of 1106 N. Charlotte, Ave., Monroe. Miller was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  July 3, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey stresses water safety ahead of Fourth of July

RALEIGH -- As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, reminds people to take safety precautions during one of the most popular water recreational times of the year...

  June 27, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey settles dwelling insurance rate dispute

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced today the N.C. Department of Insurance has ended its legal dispute with the North Carolina Rate Bureau on its proposal for an 18.9 percent dwelling insurance rate increase...

  June 27, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey announces that captive insurance program provided a $30 million boost to N.C. economy in 2017

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that North Carolina’s flourishing captive insurance program had an estimated $30 million impact on the state last year...

  June 27, 2018 -- Beaufort County man arrested on insurance fraud, attempted false pretense charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Julius Jerome Oden, 42, of 76 Whootentown Road, Washington, N.C. He was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  June 26, 2018 -- State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges firework safety as the holiday approaches

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey today warned North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday...

  June 25, 2018 -- Results are in: Office of State Fire Marshal installs thousands of smoke alarms; declares statewide canvass a success

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, is pleased to announce the 2018 statewide smoke alarm canvass was a huge success in the ongoing effort to prevent fire deaths in North Carolina...

  June 20, 2018 -- State Fire Marshal Mike Causey organizes statewide smoke alarm canvass to prevent fire deaths

RALEIGH -- As the number of fire deaths continues to rise in North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, has organized a team of firefighters and volunteers to be out in force on Saturday...

  June 19, 2018 -- Special agents charge Hertford woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Shar’dayzeia Lonniece Johnson, 22, of 306 Stokes St., Hertford. Johnson was charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  June 19, 2018 -- Special agents charge four with insurance fraud, conspiracy

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of four people accused of staging an auto accident in the Greensboro area and then falsely claiming that they were injured in the staged wreck to collect insurance claims...

  June 19, 2018 -- Special agents file insurance fraud charges against Trinity man

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Justin Ryan Pendland, 32, of 5660 Merle Drive, Trinity. Pendland was charged by special agents with the N.C. Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations...

  June 6, 2018 -- Prevent summertime tragedies: Never leave children alone in hot cars

RALEIGH -- As this weekend’s temperatures climb into the 90s, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Safe Kids North Carolina are reminding people of the dangers of leaving children unattended in hot cars, even for just a few minutes...

  June 6, 2018 -- Perquimans County man charged with insurance fraud involving car that was used in a robbery

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Aaron Steward, 21, of 1936 Center Hill Highway, Hertford. Steward was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  June 1, 2018 -- Rowan County man accused of insurance fraud, attempting false pretense

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Bobby Lee Steele Jr., 49, of 814 Harry St., China Grove. Steele was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  June 1, 2018 -- Special agents charge Asheboro woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Brenda Lee Mateo, 42, of 417 E. Central Ave. Trailer 6, Asheboro. Mateo was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  May 31, 2018 -- Special agents file insurance fraud, conspiracy charges against two people following wreck in Montgomery County

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Elizabeth Frizzell, 44, of 131 Lassiter Loop Road, Troy, and Wallace Lee Frizzell, 44, of 1174 Tammy’s Park Drive, Rockwell...

  May 31, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey issues bulletin aiding people needing prescription refills during weather state of emergency

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has issued a bulletin which, combined with a state of emergency declared by Gov. Roy Cooper, directs health insurance companies providing prescription benefits to waive time restrictions on filling or refilling prescriptions if requested by the covered person...

  May 31, 2018 -- Safe Kids North Carolina offers tips to reduce child drownings in all bodies of water

RALEIGH -- As the summer swimming season kicks into full gear, Safe Kids North Carolina, a statewide program housed within the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal, is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips to reduce child drownings...

  May 25, 2018 -- Special agents charge Hope Mills woman with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Charlee Surgick Watts, 20, of 1526 Aristo Place Apartment 7, Hope Mills. Watts was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  May 25, 2018 -- Browns Summit man charged with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Matthew Devonn Moore, 31, of 4811 Mystic Oak Drive, Browns Summit. Moore was charged with felony insurance fraud...

  May 24, 2018 -- Special agents charge Guilford County man with making a false statement on insurance application

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Markel Tremayne Brooks, 25, of 3626 Belmont St. Apartment X, Greensboro, was charged with misdemeanor making a false statement on an insurance application...

  May 24, 2018 -- Special agents file false pretense charge against Salisbury man

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Derrick Michael Brice, 33, of 270 Claymont Drive, Salisbury. Brice was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense...

  May 21, 2018 -- Special agents charge two Goldsboro women with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that special agents from the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division filed insurance fraud and other related charges against two Goldsboro women...

  May 21, 2018 -- Selma woman arrested in insurance fraud charge

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Alesia Braswell Alwahishi of 206 W. Watson St., Selma. Alwahishi was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense...

  May 21, 2018 -- Five charged in Jackson County unlicensed bail bond conspiracy

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of five people in an unlicensed bail bond conspiracy in western North Carolina...

  May 17, 2018 -- Wilmington man arrested on attempted false pretense charge

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Chris Edwin McCoy, 53, of 4614 Turtle Dove Court, Wilmington. McCoy was charged with one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses...

  May 17, 2018 -- Wake County woman accused of insurance fraud in worker’s comp claim

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Carmella Lee Rivera, 24, 2213 Robin St., Fuquay Varina. Rivera was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense...

  May 17, 2018 -- Home fire sprinklers put out fires, save lives

RALEIGH -- With the concern of the rapidly rising rate of fire fatalities in North Carolina, the Department of Insurance, which houses the Office of State Fire Marshal and Safe Kids NC along with the NC Fire Sprinkler Coalition...

  May 15, 2018 -- Be prepared before, during and after the storm

RALEIGH -- The 2018 Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30 and Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey wants all residents to be prepared in order to minimize potential losses in the event of a damaging storm...

  May 14, 2018 -- Deadly Greensboro fire is tragic reminder of importance of smoke alarms

RALEIGH -- In the wake of the deadly apartment fire in Greensboro over the weekend in which five children between the ages of 18 months and nine years old died, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds...

  May 8, 2018 -- Office of State Fire Marshal recognizes National Arson Awareness Week

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI), which houses the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is partnering with the U.S Fire Administration on this year’s National Arson Awareness Week, May 6-12, with a focus on reducing arson at vacant and abandoned buildings...

  May 3, 2018 -- Operation Medicine Drop collects record number of potentially dangerous medications

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is pleased to announce the 2018 statewide Operation Medicine Drop/Take Back Event was the most successful medication take-back campaign held in North Carolina since coordinated take-back efforts began in 2010...

  May 1, 2018 -- Suspended chief charged with insurance fraud, embezzlement from Johnston County volunteer fire department

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of a suspended Johnston County volunteer fire chief on felony insurance fraud and embezzlement charges...

  April 25, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey tours storm damage in Greensboro, offers insurance help to tornado survivors

GREENSBORO -- As the tornado damage clean-up efforts continue in Greensboro and Rockingham County, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey toured some of the hardest hit areas Wednesday to see the damage first-hand and offer help to tornado survivors...

  April 24, 2018 -- Lenoir County woman charged with filing 287 fraudulent cancer insurance claims totaling more than $230,000

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Susan Leigh Huebotter, 60, of 912 Joshua Creek Road, Deep Run, N.C. She is charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud...

  April 23, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey urges caution during Playground Safety Awareness Week

RALEIGH -- This week marks Safe Kids: Playground Safety Awareness Week and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey wants to ensure children in North Carolina stay safe now and throughout the summer...

  April 23, 2018 -- Department of Insurance representatives set up to help tornado survivors file claims with insurance companies

As the N.C. Department of Insurance sets up an assistance center for those impacted by the April 15 tornado, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is warning survivors to beware of dishonest contractors trying to swindle them...

  April 18, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey settles homeowners' insurance rate dispute

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced today the N.C. Department of Insurance has ended the legal dispute with the North Carolina Rate Bureau on its proposal for an 18.7 percent homeowners' insurance rate increase...

  April 9, 2018 -- Commissioner Causey urges youth athletes to stay safe

RALEIGH -- It’s Youth Sports Safety Month and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has some sports safety tips to ensure parents, coaches, and kids are well educated on the safest practices...

  April 9, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey's statement on the arrest of a bail bond agent involved in Winston-Salem shopping mall parking lot shooting

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today issued a statement regarding the arrest of a bail bond agent involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem last month...

  April 6, 2018 -- N.C.'s captive insurance program recognized as an industry leader

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is pleased to report that North Carolina's captive insurance company program, now in its 5th year of operation, has established itself as a leading domicile for captive insurance companies...

  March 22, 2018 -- Smithfield woman arrested on fraud charges

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Charlene Barnes, 60, of 20-A N. Sussex Drive, Smithfield. Barnes was charged with one felony count of insurance fraud and one felony count of attempting to obtain property by a false pretense...

  March 21, 2018 -- Op-ed: Commissioner calls on Congress to preserve SHIIP funding

RALEIGH -- An effort is underway in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish...

  March 16, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey welcomes 15 agents to fight fraud

RALEIGH -- N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is expanding the department’s criminal investigations division as part of his vision to eliminate insurance fraud in North Carolina...

  March 9, 2018 -- Change your clock, change your battery

RALEIGH -- As daylight saving time approaches, N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey wants to remind all North Carolinians -- when you change your clock this weekend, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm...

  March 7, 2018 -- Trenton woman charged with embezzling insurance premiums

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Billie Jo Kennedy, 47, of 1800 Chinquapin Chapel Road, Trenton. Kennedy was charged with one felony count of embezzlement by an insurance agent...

  March 1, 2018 -- Albemarle woman charged with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Malaysia Harris, 25, of 433 Graham St., Albemarle. Harris was charged with one felony count of insurance fraud...

  February 28, 2018 -- Charlotte woman charged with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Lakeisha Tramonda Hoskins, 36, of 2422 Meaderoft Road, Charlotte. Hoskins was charged with insurance fraud...

  February 28, 2018 -- Caswell County man charged with insurance fraud

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Jeremiah Randall Whitt, 37, of 1316 N.C. Highway 57 North, Milton. Whitt was charged with insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense...

  February 26, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey warns of Medicare scams

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey warns Medicare recipients to be on alert for scams...

  February 16, 2018 -- N.C. Dept. of Insurance, Office of the State Fire Marshal work to keep schools safe

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey who also serves as the State Fire Marshal is looking at options to keep schools safe in North Carolina including possible changes to the way schools will be designed in the future...

  February 15, 2018 -- Harnett county man arrested on fraud charge

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced today the arrest of 55-year-old Hamilton Mutriss Brown of 7201 Winter Pond Way, Fuquay Varina...

  February 8, 2018 -- Rate Bureau requests average 18.9 percent hike for dwelling policies

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a Dwelling insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the Department of Insurance...

  February 2, 2018 -- National TV Safety Day coincides with Super Bowl weekend

RALEIGH -- Safe Kids NC is partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association to promote National TV Safety Day as a means of preventing childhood deaths and injuries because of televisions that tip over...

  January 26, 2018 -- Ahoskie woman charged in insurance fraud case

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that a charge of solicitation to obtain property by false pretenses was filed against an Ahoskie woman...

  January 26, 2018 -- Safe Kids NC nominates seven people for America’s Favorite Crossing Guard

RALEIGH -- We all know school zones can be unsafe places for students, but a recent research study from Safe Kids Worldwide confirms there is a problem at school zones across the U.S....

  January 19, 2018 -- Scotland County man arrested for Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- N.C. Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced today the arrest of Wayne Edward Butler Jr., 44, of 16840 Douglas Ave, Laurinburg, N.C. He is charged with one count of Insurance Fraud...

  January 18, 2018 -- Tips to help if your home or car is damaged in a winter storm

RALEIGH -- North Carolina’s recent winter blast has many residents wondering what to do if their home sustains damage due to the snow and ice or if they are involved in an automobile accident...

  January 9, 2018 -- Fire deaths on the rise as a result of cold snap

RALEIGH -- Eleven people have died in fires in North Carolina so far this year. Last year, nine people lost their lives as a result of fire during the entire month of January...

  January 5, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey rejects proposed Homeowners Insurance rate increase: Sets Hearing Date

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has set July 23, 2018 as the hearing date for the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposed 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase...

  January 3, 2018 -- Keeping families safe when traveling in wintry weather

RALEIGH -- With the possibility of snow this week coupled with the current bone chilling temperatures, Safe Kids NC wants to remind parents of the best ways to stay safe when traveling...

  January 2, 2018 -- N.C. Office of the State Fire Marshal gains new fire investigation unit

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey who also serves as the State Fire Marshal announced today the department has established a Fire Investigations Unit to assist the state’s fire service and law enforcement agencies...