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Mebane woman charged with insurance fraud

Following a second and unrelated investigation, the insurance party has filed a fraud case against a Mebane woman.

Dominique Lawanum Burnette, 30, of 204 South Eleventh Street, Mebane has been charged with insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, both felonies.
Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Burnette of presenting altered hospital invoices to N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance Co. in an attempt to obtain money from an insurance claim.

The offenses are alleged to have occurred between Nov. 15, 2016, and July 13, 2017.
Burnette was served with a criminal summons on March 3.

“Insurance fraud is a crime affecting everyone,” Commissioner Causey said. “Approximately 20% of insurance premium costs go to pay for insurance fraud.”

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Since 2017, Commissioner Causey has more than doubled the number of special agents investigating fraud and white-collar crimes. As a result, special agents from 2017 through 2020 have made 1,612 arrests, according to the insurance department.

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