Crime & Courts

Charges dropped against man accused of insurance fraud

Insurance fraud charges against Jamarr Taj Matthews, 32, have been dropped, according to Matthews and a search of court records conducted by the Observer.

Last July, Matthews was charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance. The charges were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office a month later.

In an e-mail to the Observer, Matthews said “the charge held no merit,” and claims he was wrongly accused.

Court records didn’t specify why the charges were dropped.

Investigators accused Matthews of intentionally abandoning his vehicle, 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.

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