Hertford man charged with insurance fraud


Aaron Steward


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

HERTFORD — A Perquimans County man has been charged with insurance fraud after authorities say he falsely reported his vehicle stolen when in fact it was used in a robbery.

Aaron Steward, 21, of the 1900 block of Center Hill Highway, was arrested May 22 by agents with the N.C. Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division and charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense, according to a press release from the Department of Insurance.

According to Barry Smith, a spokesman for the Department of Insurance, Steward made a false statement to National General Insurance Co. when he filed a claim for his missing car, telling the company his vehicle had been stolen and that he did not know who took it.

The warrant for Steward’s arrest states the vehicle he claimed was stolen in fact was used in a robbery in Elizabeth City and a conspiracy in which Steward was involved. The robbery occurred on Oct. 9, 2017 at the Quality Inn in Elizabeth City, Smith said. 

Details about the robbery and whether Steward was charged in the matter were not immediately available. Smith referred questions on the matter to Elizabeth City police.  

The offenses Steward is charged with by the Department of Insurance happened between Oct. 17, 2017 and May 1, according to the press release. 

According to Smith, the attempted false pretense charge stems from Steward’s attempt to obtain payment from the insurance company by falsely reporting the vehicle stolen. 

Steward’s unsecured bond on the felony charges was set at $1,000.