North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the arrest of Dante Jamaal Blackwell, 35, of Elon, for felony insurance fraud Friday. 

Special agents accuse Blackwell of telling National General Insurance Company that his vehicle was stolen, knowing that the vehicle was being used by someone at his residence who had access to the automobile. 

According to the arrest warrant, the offense occurred between Nov. 15, 2018 and Jan. 15, 2019. 

Blackwell was arrested on Sept. 9 and released by Caswell County authorities under a $5,000 unsecured bond. 

“Insurance fraud effects our economy. Not only does it damage insurance companies, it cheats business and consumers to,” Commissioner Causey said. “This kind of white-collar crime is unacceptable. That’s why I’ve doubled down on the number of special agents to investigate insurance fraud. Cracking down on fraud will put more money in the pockets of businesses and consumers.” 

To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at