2 men accused of staging accidents for insurance money

08/27/2014 4:30 PM

08/27/2014 5:34 PM

Two men are accused of staging auto accidents in an alleged insurance fraud scheme in Mecklenburg County, authorities say.

Between 2012 and 2013, Eric Delano Smith and Robert Thomas White staged a series of automobile accidents and submitted claims to insurance companies that old, unrepaired damage on their cars was new damage, allege investigators from the N.C. Department of Insurance.

Sentry Insurance, Geico, State Farm Insurance and National General Insurance gave them $7,196.59, authorities said.

Police arrested Smith, 44, of Troutman on Aug. 20 and charged him with five counts of insurance fraud, four counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Smith was placed under a $10,000 bond.

White, 53, of Charlotte was charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Authorities are still seeking White, whose whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Department of Insurance at 919-807-6840.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service