California Department of Insurance News

California Insurance Appraiser and Doctor Busted in Separate Fraud Schemes

California Auto Insurance Appraiser Gets 10 Years for Involvement in Staged Collision Ring Erwin Raul Mejia of Van Nuys, Calif., was sentenced to 10 years in state prison following his conviction on 10 felony counts of insurance fraud for his …

California Family Arson Ring Charged in $4M Insurance Fraud Scam

Tyler Chen and his wife, Kim were arraigned in court this week in the Santa Clara County Superior Court following their arrest on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and arson for their role in allegedly setting fires in a …

Torchmark Rulings Provide Framework for Successful Defense of California Insurance Trade Practices Actions

After a four year battle between the Torchmark Group (Globe Life et al) and the California Department of Insurance (CDI) over the CDI’s action alleging 697 claims settlement violations, the CDI dismissed the action on August 29, 2016. The dismissal …

13 Indictments Handed Down in Massive California Workers’ Comp Fraud Scam

An investigation into what’s being called one of the largest cases of workers’ compensation healthcare insurance fraud in California Department of Insurance history led to 13 indictments announced today against seven Southern California-based medical professionals. This is the second wave …

Southern California Family Arrested in $24M Fraudulent Workers’ Comp Billing Scheme

California Department of Insurance detectives arrested nine individuals involved in a complex scheme allegedly targeting more than 230 workers’ compensation insurers and self-insured employers. Siblings Francisco Javier Gomez, Jr. and Angela Rehmann, owners of G&G Interpreting Services, allegedly fraudulently billed …

Geico to Pay $6M Settlement in California Policy Pricing Case

Geico has agreed to pay $6 million in a settlement with the California Department of Insurance in connection to claims that the company had discriminatory auto insurance pricing. The Los Angeles Times reports that the subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway announced …

True Religion Jeans Subcontractors Underreported $78M in Payroll

Sung Hyun Kim and her sister Caroline Choi, CEOs of sewing companies that were subcontracted by True Religion Brand Jeans were arrested this week along with their CPA, Jae Kim, on 18 felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud totaling …

California Homeowners Allegedly Sold Bogus Insurance Policies

The recent arrest of Dean Joseph Basler by the Ventura County Sheriff following a California Department of Insurance investigation, serves as an important consumer warning to confirm the validity of insurance coverage. Basler is accused of embezzling more than $250,000 …

13 Arrested in California Staged Accident Scam

More than a dozen people have been arrested for allegedly staging car crashes or submitting phony accident claims in a California insurance fraud scheme. The state Department of Insurance says the scam, centered in Riverside County, netted more than $300,000 …

California DOI Arrest 6 in San Diego Staged Property Theft Scam

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 18, 2014 multiple enforcement teams from the California Department of Insurance arrested six suspects in San Diego County for multiple counts of felony insurance fraud. The operation titled Bogus Burglary focused on …