California Department of Insurance News

Officials Say California Family Arraigned for Auto Insurance Fraud Filed 40-Plus Claims

Shannon Ninio, 60, of North Hills was arraigned for insurance fraud after a California Department of Insurance investigation found she and her husband, Moshe Ninio, allegedly stole customers’ personal information and used that information to file more than 40 fraudulent …

Uninsured California Subcontractor Charged with 30 Felony Counts

The California Department of Insurance is urging business owners to verify the insurance coverage for any subcontractor or vendor they do business with after trucking company owner and operator Raymond Youash, 37, of Encino, appeared in court this week on …

California Insurance Agent Arraigned After Allegedly Leaving Client’s Business Uninsured

Licensed insurance agent Vlada Cruz, 40, of Encino, California, was arraigned on two felony counts of grand theft after a California Department of Insurance investigation found she allegedly stole over $37,000 in insurance premiums, leaving her client’s business uninsured. The …

California Business Owner and Office Manager Charged for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Bobby Levell Gilbert, Jr., 66 of Santa Ana, California, and owner of B & J Tree Service, has been charged with 96 felony counts for alleged wage theft, denial of workers’ compensation benefits to employees, workers’ compensation fraud, failure to …

Arrests Made in California ‘Family and Friend’ Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

An alleged “family and friend” organized auto insurance fraud ring in California was seemingly broken up by the Urban Automobile Insurance Fraud Task Force when seven people were arrested on Wednesday in connection to the case. In total, 23 individuals …

Viewpoint: California’s Next Steps on Cat Models, Challenges and Issues in Insurance Rate-Making‎

A recently brewing and critical California issue is the conflict between industry’s desire to file catastrophe rating models to inform California property rates and California’s laws allowing a public inspection of rate filings. A large majority of carriers in the …

Former California Agent Sentenced for Stealing From Consumers

Christopher Ramos, 45, of Santa Rosa, California, was sentenced to four years in prison after an investigation by the California Department of Insurance reportedly found he stole more than $189,000 from consumers and left them uninsured. Ramos was convicted of …

California Insurance Broker Arraigned for Allegedly Stealing from Small Businesses

Brian Keith Arteaga, 39, of Placentia, California, was arraigned this week on multiple felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, theft of fiduciary funds, insurance fraud, and money laundering after a California Department of Insurance investigation found he allegedly stole …

Agent in California Arrested for Falsifying Evidence And Perjury

Bail agent Fausto Atilano, 60, of Temecula, California, was arrested this week on multiple felony counts of falsifying judicial records, perjury, and preparing false evidence, after a California Department of Insurance investigation found he allegedly created fraudulent motions to deprive …

California Department of Insurance Bans Sender of Misleading Wildfire Mailers

A California Department of Insurance investigation into misleading mailers on insurance claims following wildfires led to a ban of public adjuster and California Recovery Group owner Argen Youssefi of Glendale. The investigation reportedly found California Recovery Group and its owner, …