December 9, 2021

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Hair Affair: Carolina Man Claiming Hair in Burger Charged with Insurance Fraud

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A Georgia man who claimed he found a hair in his McDonald’s hamburger has now been charged with insurance fraud.

Ronnie Bernard Truesdale, 41, of Raleigh, was arrested this week after authorities determined that he had manipulated an image in his claim to Zurich North America, an insurer for McDonald’s Restaurants, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a bulletin.

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Truesdale claimed the hair made him nauseous and he sought medical attention. His claim was for $1,596 in medical expenses and for pain and suffering. Investigators determined that the hair had been placed on the burger after the wrapper was removed, Causey said.

Truesdale was released on $10,000 bond.

“Insurance fraud hurts consumers,” Causey said. “Approximately 20% of your insurance premium goes to cover the cost of fraud.”

The Department of Insurance also announced that two other people had been charged with insurance fraud for providing false information about vehicles.

Levi Baril, 36, of Fayetteville, was arrested after filing an insurance claim with GEICO on a Ford pickup truck that he said was stolen in July. Investigators found that Baril had actually traded the truck for another vehicle in 2018, the DOI said.

In Raleigh, Malik Gerald Devone, 26, was charged with fraud after he allegedly falsified the date of a car crash, the department said in a news release. Devone filed a claim with Discovery Insurance Co., contending that the accident occurred on July 28.

Authorities determined that it had happened on June 2, before Devone had purchased insurance coverage on the vehicle.

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