California Man Convicted of Insurance Licensing Perjury

November 6, 2009

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner yesterday announced that Byron Andres Prado, 21, of Northridge was convicted November 2 of one count of misdemeanor identity theft. He was sentenced to 53 days served in jail after committing perjury on insurance licensing applications.

“Falsifying documents and trying to obtain an insurance license is a criminal matter and could have placed the public at great risk,” said Commissioner Poizner. “Because of the great work of our testing proctors, we were able to catch the bogus application before the test was given and a license was issued.”

According to Department of Insurance investigators, Prado appeared at the downtown Los Angeles testing center for an insurance license examination and presented a false California driver’s license to the testing proctors. The proctors quickly identified the false ID and Prado was issued a citation by a California Highway Patrol officer acting as security at the testing site.

A subsequent department investigation showed Prado had lied under penalty of perjury on his application to be a licensed life and accident and health agent. Investigators also learned that Prado had a pattern of lying under penalty of perjury on at least two other occasions on government documents concerning his ability to work in the United States. He also possessed a fake Social Security card.

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