The California Department of Insurance announced the conviction of an unlicensed insurance agent for securities fraud and insurance fraud.
According to CDI investigators, the man cheated at least 10 victims out of more than $100,000. Investigators say the man sold phony insurance policies and investments to victims. Victims discovered the fraud when they attempted to make a claim on one of the phony policies.
The man pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud, one count of grand theft and an aggravated white collar enhancement. A California company attempted to file a worker’s compensation claim for an injured employee, and discovered it had no coverage. Another company separately discovered that its worker’s compensation policy was non-existent. Both companies filed complaints with the California Department of Insurance.
The man sold policies to the victims and collected premiums, but never initiated insurance coverage. After leaving the insurance agency where he worked, the man continued to sell fake insurance policies using a fake corporation that he established in Nevada.
After collecting premiums, the man issued fake insurance certificates. Investigators say that the man used at least $20,000 in premiums he collected to pay for his own expenses. In addition, he posed as a registered stock broker and collected $80,000 from investors. He was not a licensed broker, and never invested the money on their behalf.
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