Baton Rouge man accused of auto insurance fraud
BATON ROUGE – Police charged a Baton Rouge man with auto insurance fraud after investigators said he made multiple false claims that his car had been damaged.
Louisiana State Police charged Carl Bennett Dunn, 49, of Baton Rouge with auto insurance fraud Thursday.
In January, LSP said they received information from Go Auto Insurance Company about allegations of insurance fraud against Dunn. According to the company, Dunn claimed property loss because he was involved in a hit-and-run vehicle crash in July 2013. That claim was denied because an insurance agent determined that the damage was already on the car in January when Dunn renewed his insurance policy.
Police said Dunn made a second insurance claim in October 2013 claiming that he backed into a tree. Police said he admitted in a recorded statement to an insurance agent that the July claim was not correct and that he was stupid because he forgot the insurance company took pictures of his car when he renewed his policy.
On July 15, 2015, officers interviewed Dunn about the July 2013 hit-and-run claim. Police said Dunn confessed that the loss did not happen and he was confused about filing the claim. Police said Dunn was attempting to avoid a potential premium increase.
Dunn’s bond was set at $10,000. He posted bond Friday morning.