Insurance agent faces embezzlement charges in New Hanover, Columbus counties

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David Mark Blanton
David Mark Blanton

An insurance agent has been accused of embezzlement in New Hanover and Columbus counties.

David Mark Blanton, 50, of Creekside Drive in Leland, was served Sept. 2-3 with several arrest warrants on felony charges, including embezzlement and forgery, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced in a news release Wednesday.

Criminal investigators with the N.C. Department of Insurance allege that Blanton — a licensed insurance agent with the N.C. Department of Insurance — accepted premium payments from United Insurance Company customers without applying that money toward their policies from October 2012 through November 2013, at times reportedly asking customers to write a check directly to him.

Blanton is charged with forging checks belonging to United Insurance, fraudulently making them payable to himself and depositing the money into his personal account on two occasions in November 2011 and August 2012.

According to court records, Blanton faces two counts each each of felony forgery of an instrument, felony uttering forged instrument and felony embezzlement by an insurance agent in New Hanover County District Court. He is charged with four counts of felony embezzlement by an insurance agent in Columbus County District Court.

Blanton is charged with embezzling more than $900, according to arrest warrants. Court records show Blanton was issued $25,000 unsecured bonds in both New Hanover and Columbus counties.

Blanton is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on Oct. 1. His next appearance in Columbus County District Court is scheduled on Nov. 2.

According to the N.C. Department of Insurance Public Information Office, while Blanton is charged by the department of insurance, the department’s agent services division is in the process of gathering information to determine if they will conduct an administrative case.

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 department’s website.