A Whitakers man recently was charged with felony insurance fraud and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Special agents with the state Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Deealdo Gerrard Pulley, 40, of 8041 Watson Seed Farm Road of providing false and misleading information regarding the theft of his insured vehicle to National General Insurance Co.

The offenses occurred between March 21 and July 2.

Special agents and Nash County deputies arrested Pulley on July 14. He was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.

“It’s estimated that property and casualty insurance fraud costs insurance customers $120 billion a year in increased premiums,” state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said. “The Department of Insurance has reinforced its criminal investigations procedures and personnel in an effort to make more arrests to keep fraud from driving up insurance costs.”

Anyone who suspects insurance fraud or other white-collar crimes is encouraged to report it. People may report fraud anonymously by calling the state Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.