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California COVID-19 Benefits Fraud, Cyber Attack Could Reach $9.8B

California may have paid out nearly $10 billion in phony coronavirus unemployment claims – more than double the previous estimate – with some of that money going to organized crime in Russia, China and other countries, according to a security …

Brown & Riding in California Names Nam CFO

Brown & Riding has named Harold Nam chief financial officer. Nam joined Brown & Riding in 2008 as a staff accountant. Since joining the firm, he has ascended to positions of increased responsibility. Brown & Riding is a wholesale insurance …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Atlas General Insurance Services in California

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired San Diego, Calif.-based Atlas General Holdings LLC, dba Atlas General Insurance Services. Mike Mathews, Charles Lasher and their associates will remain in their current location under the direction of Joel Cavaness, president of …

USI Insurance Services Acquires CB Insurance in Colorado

USI Insurance Services has acquired Colorado Springs, Colo.-based CB Insurance LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. CB Insurance and its predecessors have served the needs of the Colorado community for more 100 years, specializing in commercial and personal …

Sierra Specialty in California Names Sunderland Senior Underwriter

Clovis, Calif.-based Sierra Specialty Insurance Services has added Chris Sunderland as a senior property/casualty underwriter. Sunderland previously co-founded International Property & Casualty Insurance Brokers of Nevada Inc., which was recently acquired by Platinum Specialty Underwriting, a division of XPT Group, …

Bender in California Names Guillen Vice President of Alternative Risk

Bender Insurance Solutions in Sacramento, Calif., has named Roland Guillen vice president of alternative risk markets to commercial insurance clients. Guillen oversees the growth of the Captive and Alternative Risk Market business as well as large complex risks, in addition …

Newfront in California Adds Parker as Employee Benefits Producer

Newfront Insurance in San Francisco, Calif., has brought Nichole Parker on as a principal and employee benefits producer. Parker joins Newfront from TSM Insurance and Financial Services Inc., where she was heading the individual and medicare services divisions. Newfront is …

Navajo Nation Reaches Settlements with Mining Companies

The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and …

Drone Maker Settling for $25M in Military Gear Parts Suit

Aerial drone manufacturer Insitu in the Columbia River Gorge, Ore., will pay $25 million to settle allegations that its military drones were outfitted with used components instead of new ones. U.S. attorney Brian Moran said cases such as this one …

LP in Nevada Adds Cantlon, Ennis, Garcia, Rossi to Ownership Group

Reno, Nev.-based LP Insurance Services LLC has added Andrea Cantlon, Matt Ennis, Dustin Garcia and Jared Rossi to its ownership group. LP Insurance Services currently has 24 member-owners throughout the footprint. Cantlon leads the surety division. She joined LP Insurance …

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