CDI Revokes Licenses of Father & Son Brokers After Guilty Pleas

November 25, 2002

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced the revocation of two Sacramento insurance broker’s licenses.

CDI issued an Order of Summary Revocation against the Fire and Casualty Broker Agent licenses of Charles Edward Dunbar and his son Christopher Freeman Dunbar after they pled guilty to Grand Theft. The Life Agent license of Christopher was also revoked. These licenses have been suspended by CDI since Dec. 19, 2001. They were each sentenced to four years formal probation and community service. Restitution to victims had been accomplished prior to sentencing.

Charles Dunbar, 66, and Christopher Dunbar, 43, were arrested on Dec. 13, 2001, after surrendering to authorities on one felony count each of Grand Theft and booked into the Sacramento County Jail. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

On Nov. 25, 1998, investigators received an anonymous letter authored by a former employee of Dunbar & Associates Insurance Services. The letter indicated that Dunbar & Associates had engaged in a number of fraudulent and illegal activities, which included padding premiums, embezzlement and forgery.

On April 27, 2000, CDI investigators executed a search warrant at Dunbar & Associates and related locations. Investigators seized boxes of client files, employee computers and hard drives, bank records, copies of check ledgers, and large amounts of cash and coins.

After interviewing former employees and clients of Dunbar & Associates, supported by documentation, it was discovered that from January 1994 through April 27, 2000, Charles Dunbar and Christopher Dunbar allegedly committed insurance fraud by keeping insurance money (returned premiums and credits) that should have been returned to numerous clients. Charles Dunbar allegedly took monies totaling $13,682.50 and Christopher Dunbar allegedly took monies totaling $27,450.30, altogether totaling $41,132.80, in which they were not entitled to.

In addition, Christopher Dunbar allegedly failed to place coverage for his client, “Florin Center”, and converted the monies collected on Oct. 8, 1996 from MacLaughlin & Company for Walter & Dorothy Anderson, (DBA Florin Center), totaling $6,014, for the 1995/1996 policy period to an Agent Broker Fee. Christopher Dunbar allegedly supplied MacLaughlin & Company with a false Certificate of Insurance, leading the clients to believe that proper insurance coverage was in place during this policy term.

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