California Department of Insurance News

California Consumer Group Seeks Enforcement Action Against Geico

The Consumer Federation of California is alleging that Geico Insurance Co. illegally quotes higher minimum automobile coverage levels than permitted under state law to unmarried, lower or moderate-income motorists The allegations were made in a petition filed Thursday with the …

Organized Family Insurance Ring Busted in Southern California

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance’s insurance fraud enforcement division arrested 15 Los Angeles area residents Thursday morning for allegedly staging auto collisions and filing more than $500,000 in fraudulent claims. Four suspects are still being sought, and an …

California Insurance Commissioner Sponsored Bills Signed into Law in 2014

During the 2014 legislative session California Gov. Jerry Brown signed nine bills sponsored by the California Department of Insurance and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. A bill that adds protections for small businesses has already taken effect and five other consumer …

Former Bridezilla Surrenders in California For Felony Insurance Fraud

Anita Maxwell, who was featured in season four of the television reality series “Bridezillas,” has surrendered herself to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County on 14 felony counts associated with insurance fraud. A California Department of Insurance …

California Commissioner Wants Lower Workers’ Comp Rate Than Board

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Friday adopted an advisory average pure premium rate of $2.74 per $100 of employer payroll for workers’ compensation rates effective Jan. 1, 2015. The adopted amount is lower than that proposed by the Workers’ …

California Insurance Department Ready to Review TNC Policies

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said today his department is ready to accept insurance company filings to create new commercial coverage or endorsements to personal auto insurance policies that will provide coverage rideshare drivers. The policies Jones and the California …

California Auto Insurance Fraud Sweep Nets Nearly 200

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance assisted by local district attorneys and local law enforcement spent the last week serving arrest warrants in 22 counties where more than 200 felony counts and multiple misdemeanor charges were filed against 195 …

California Earthquake Authority Proposes to Lower Rates

The California Earthquake Authority on Thursday proposed an average 8 percent decrease in rates. CEA’s Advisory Panel recommended the rate decreases, along with additional coverage options in deductibles, discounts and certain limits, to the CEA Governing Board, which next meets …

Southern California Agent That Sold Bogus Policies Sentenced

Dean Joseph Basler, 58, of Ventura, Calif. pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement associated with more than $250,000 in premiums that Basler received for homeowners insurance policies. According to the California Department of Insurance, Basler actions placed responsible …

Southern California Agent Arrested For Scamming Insurers For $1.4M

Eric Lee, 64, of Orange County, Calif., was arrested last week by the California Department of Insurance and charged with 20 felony counts, including grand theft and allegedly providing false or misleading information to an insurer during a scheme that …