Man sentenced for attempted insurance fraud
A Morganton man and habitual felon could serve up to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted insurance fraud.
On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans, from Mecklenburg County, sentenced Danny Ray Brittain, 49, to between eight and 11 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted insurance fraud and possession of methamphetamine. Brittain’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions in North Carolina dating back to 1984, according to a release from District Attorney David Learner’s office.
On May 22, 2014, deputies from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office went to Brittain’s residence about a lead on a stolen car. Brittain was working on a car when they arrived, and officers noticed him knock a prescription pill bottle off the car hood in an attempt to conceal it, according to the District Attorney’s Office. After getting the bottle from Brittain, officers found that it contained nearly 5 grams of methamphetamine, the release said.
On June 22, 2015, Brittain and a co-defendant contacted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office to report a breaking and entering at their residence, saying $13,000 worth of televisions, tools and other electronic equipment had been stolen, the release said. They filed an insurance claim on a policy that had been purchased just five days before the reported crime. Detectives from Burke County and the North Carolina Department of Insurance started an investigation, and Brittan confessed the break-in was faked and the insurance claim was fraudulent, the release from the District Attorney’s Office said.
Officer Caleb Mace of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agent Matthew Stemple of North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement investigated the drug case, and Detectives Robert Clifford and Melanie Robinson handled the insurance fraud case, the release said.