California Department of Insurance News

Small Workers’ Comp Carrier Exits California

Public Service Mutual Insurance Co.’s exit from California’s workers’ compensation market isn’t a reflection of the health of the state’s workers’ comp system, according to the California Department of Insurance. The workers’ comp carrier is part of the Magna Carta …

Website Has Investment Policies of California’s Largest Insurers

The community investment policies of the state’s top 206 insurance companies are now available on the California Department of Insurance website. “By knowing what types of investments California insurers plan to make, as well as their decision process on making …

Former California Broker Charged With Identity Theft And Forgery

Former insurance agent Eugene Shy-Ren Hsu, 31, of West Covina, Calif., was arrested by Department of Insurance officers and charged with multiple felony counts. The charges include grand theft, forgery, and identity theft for allegedly using another agent’s identity to …

California Lodge Owner Convicted Of Insurance Premium Fraud

Brookdale Lodge owner Sanjiv Kakkar, 52, was sentenced to 364 days in jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest for two felony counts including insurance premium fraud and failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. Kakkar paid restitution …

Surplus Lines’ McKay Named to IICF Western Board of Directors

Surplus Line Association of California Executive Director Benjamin J. McKay was named to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Western division board of directors. The IICF board is comprised of industry professionals with commitment to philanthropy. McKay joined SLA in 2012 …

WCIRB Raises Advisory Pure Premium 3.4%

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to authorize the WCIRB to file an advisory pure premium rate for 2014 of $2.62 per $100 of payroll, 3.4 percent above the industry average filed pure premium …

California Department of Insurance Settles with Zurich over Workers’ Comp

The California Department of Insurance announced a settlement with Zurich American Insurance Co. and Zurich American Insurance Co. of Illinois over what CDI alleged was improper use of workers’ compensation insurance agreements. Zurich’s agreements forced California employers to arbitrate commercial …

Five Arrested In California Million-Dollar Mobile Phone Insurance Scam

Five Northern California residents were arrested by California Department of Insurance fraud investigators and booked into the Sacramento County jail and charged with multiple felony counts related to alleged insurance fraud totaling nearly $1 million, according to CDI. Investigators allege …

Northern California Business Owner Sentenced For Premium Fraud

A Northern California business owner has been sentenced for workers’ compensation insurance premium fraud and pay over $2 million in restitution to insurers, the California Department of Insurance announced on Wednesday. Teresa Reif, 34, of Redwood City, Calif., who originally …

California Commissioner Fingers Insurers for Iran Investments

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday singled out eight insurers licensed to do business in the state that continue to have investments tied to Iran’s energy, military and nuclear sectors. During a press conference in Los Angeles Jones called …