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Indian Trail man faces insurance fraud charge

State insurance officials have accused an Indian Trail man of staging a vehicle theft and then filing a fraudulent claim.

Jamarr Taj Matthews, 32, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance.

Investigators accuse Matthews of intentionally abandoning his vehicle July 1 in Charlotte, reporting the vehicle stolen four days later, and then filing a claim with Nationwide Insurance. Authorities said Nationwide paid $380 for a rental car, before state insurance officials and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police launched an investigation.

Matthews was arrested Monday, and state insurance officials said he faces additional charges from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The N.C. Department of Insurance said an estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in insurance premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. State officials have made more than 1,000 arrests since 2009, with more than 500 convictions and 200 pending cases.

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