Portland Police Bureau Fraud Detectives and investigators from the State of Oregon Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer &
Business Services have executed a search warrant at Trautman Perrin & Hale Insurance in connection with an ongoing investigation of reported fraud and violations of state insurance laws by the owner of the business.
The investigation began after detectives learned of the theft of insurance premiums by 46- year-old Darlene Jo Rethwill, the owner and president of Trautman Perrin & Hale Insurance. Based on evidence obtained during the investigation, detectives believe that Rethwill wrote insurance policies for individuals and businesses and used the insurance premiums for personal gain instead of forwarding the money to the appropriate insurance company. The fraud has left dozens and potentially hundreds of victims unwittingly without personal or business insurance, DCBS said.
Investigators are currently seeking additional victims who obtained insurance through Trautman Perrin & Hale Insurance. Victims are being asked to call their insurance provider to verify coverage and call Detective Andy Madden at 503-823-0450 if they suspect they don’t have coverage that should have been placed through the agency.
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