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CHARLOTTE, N.C. A Charlotte man has been charged for falsely claiming he hurt his teeth after biting down on a rock in a salad at a local restaurant, the North Carolina Department of Insurance said Monday.

Robert Chase Garcia, 28, made the claim on September 6 and submitted a $471 dental bill to the Village Tavern Restaurant. The claim was denied after the NC DOI said it had an extensive history of similar incidents made at other local restaurants by Garcia.

He was charged on Friday with one count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and insurance fraud.

Garcia has been in a Mecklenburg County Jail since June 11 on similar charges, according to the department.

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