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IFG Companies Adds DeCouto as VP of Primary Property Unit in Atlanta

IFG Companies has named Sophia J. DeCouto as vice president and head of the Primary Property Unit within its Brokerage Property Division. DeCouto comes to IFG Companies with experience in excess and surplus lines property underwriting, including primary property, shared …

Florida Officials Find 103 Card Skimmers at Gas Stations Statewide

Officials with Florida’s Department of Agriculture say 103 skimmer devices that are used for identity theft have been discovered at more than 7,500 gas stations it inspected. The agency announced its findings this week. The report comes after three months …

Prosecutors Say Ex-Security Guard Helped Thieves in Kentucky Bourbon Theft Ring

The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars’ worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said this week. Leslie …

Georgia Officers Issue 270 Tickets Under ‘Slow Poke’ Law

The Georgia State Patrol says officers have written about 270 tickets under a law that makes it illegal to block faster drivers in the left-hand lane. The state’s so-called “slow poke” law took effect in July 2014. WSB-TV reports officers …

30 More Arrested in Second Wave of Massive Florida Insurance Fraud Scheme

Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, alongside Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, has made more than 30 arrests during the second wave of a collaborative state and local operation known as “Operation Flames and Floods.” The investigation …

A.M. Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Ratings of Medical Mutual of North Carolina

A.M. Best has upgraded the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) of Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina (Medical Mutual) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Medical Security Insurance …

Florida-Based Orchid Underwriters Appoints Lynda Butler As CFO

Orchid Underwriters Insurance Agency, LLC, a specialty underwriter of property insurance focusing on coastal properties, has named Lynda Butler as chief financial officer. She will also become a member of the Executive Management Committee at Orchid, along with Chairman Ken …

South Carolina City Paints Patrol Car Like Taxi to Discourage Drunk Driving

The Spartanburg, S.C., Police Department has come up with a unique way to draw attention to the cost of drunk driving. The department announced last month that it will be stationing a police car in the downtown area with the …

North Carolina Lawmakers Send Bill Targeting Group Home Abuse to Governor

The General Assembly has agreed to put new rules in place targeting people who harm group home residents and increasing responsibilities on those who work at the homes to report abuse they see. The Senate agreed May 14 to its …

Man Files Lawsuit Claiming Cancer Institute in Kentucky Lost Piece of His Brain

A man has filed a lawsuit against Norton Healthcare in Kentucky, claiming employees lost a piece of his brain after surgery. The Courier-Journal reports 72-year-old Fred Habermel underwent surgery at Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville last year in an experimental …

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