California Department of Insurance News

Former California Insurance Agent Arrested for Theft, Operating Fraudulent Agency

Francis Okyere, 70, a previously licensed insurance agent in Westlake Village, California, was arrested in relation to a scheme that involved him allegedly stealing multiple victims’ identities and using them to open a fraudulent insurance agency. The victims’ identities were …

Alleged Head of California Auto Insurance Fraud Crew Arraigned on 39 Felony Counts

Branden Heywood, 30, of Chino, California was arraigned on 39 felony counts of insurance fraud after an investigation found he allegedly acted as the leader of a “paper collision” ring to collect more than $80,000 in insurance payouts. Accidents in …

California Surplus Lines Association Lowering Stamping Fee

The Surplus Line Association of California board voted to drop the association’s stamping fee to 0.18%. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the stamping fee will adjust downward from its current 0.25% level that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The stamping …

Actress Charged with Workers’ Comp Fraud in California

Q’Orianka Kilcher, 32, of North Hollywood, has been charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance reportedly found Kilcher allegedly broke the law in collecting more than $90,000 in disability …

California Department of Insurance Alleges Mishandled Claims by App-Based Auto Insurance Seller and Topa

The California Department of Insurance is taking legal action against Go Maps Inc., and its insurance underwriter, Topa Insurance Co., after an investigation found the app-based insurance seller mishandled consumer claims for more than two dozen drivers. Under the orders …

California Business Owners Arraigned for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Three California business owners were arraigned for insurance fraud this week after an investigation reportedly showed they illegally conspired to lower workers’ compensation premiums. Troy Williams, 49, of Angels Camp, Nanci Morman, 68, of Somerset, and John Allison, 63, of …

Former California Insurance Agent Arraigned for Stealing Premiums

Former California insurance agent Marc Leigh Miles, 71, formerly of Irvine, and currently residing in Eagle, Idaho, was arraigned on nine felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, and forgery after allegedly stealing $48,500 in premiums and a fraudulent claim …

Former California Insurance Agent Arraigned for Allegedly Stealing Premiums

Formerly licensed insurance agent David Lance Hall, 64, of Bakersfield, California, was arraigned this week in Kern County Superior Court on six felony counts of theft and misappropriations of fiduciary funds after allegedly stealing money from his clients that was …

California Contractor Arraigned for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Adan Deniz, 43, a contractor from Santa Clarita, California, was arraigned today on 21 felony counts of forgery, theft by false pretense, and workers’ compensation insurance fraud after allegedly creating fraudulent certificates to secure jobs and underreporting payroll by over …

Former Licensed California Agent Faces Felony Insurance Fraud Charges

Formerly licensed California insurance agent has been charged with 11 felony counts including identity theft, grand theft and embezzlement after allegedly writing 162 fraudulent policies in an attempt to gain unearned commissions. The California Department of Insurance began an investigation …