Former La. Agent Charged in Forgery, Theft Scam

July 29, 2005

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Robert Wooley announced that a former insurance producer from Mansura, La., was arrested and issued a cease and desist order for allegedly misappropriating insurance funds.

Gordon Mark Scallan, 39, was arrested by the State Police Fraud Unit and booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail on charges of forgery, unfair trade practices and theft. At the same time, DOI Fraud Unit investigators served Scallan with a cease and desist order and summary suspension of his license. The C&D states that he misappropriated funds in the amount of $23,980.84, which he received from a client for the purchase of two life insurance policies.

Department of Insurance records show Scallan held a life and health insurance license from May 23, 1993, until the current action. Department records list his address as P.O. Box 342, Mansura.

Commissioner Wooley urges consumers who feel uneasy about any insurance-related transaction to call the Department of Insurance Fraud Unit at (225) 342-4956 or (800) 259-5300. If callers don’t want their names used, they can request that their involvement be kept confidential.

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