Former insurance agent charged with grand theft and insurance fraud
Former insurance agent Phong Thanh Nguyen has been charged with two felony counts of grand theft and insurance fraud by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the California Department of Insurance, Nguyen illegally pocketed $37,000 in commissions from two life insurance companies between February and March 2019.
An investigation was opened after a complaint was received alleging that Nguyen received commissions on policies with no intention of keeping them active.
The investigation found that Nguyen issued nine policies in one month that expired prematurely once the commission was paid.
California law requires agents to pay unearned up-front commissions, and Nguyen did not pay any of the commissions he received from this scheme. This constitutes insurance fraud and theft, according to the Department of Insurance.
Consumers are encouraged to check their agent’s license status or contact the Department of Insurance if they suspect they may be a victim of insurance fraud. Nguyen’s license expired on December 31, 2020.
Nguyen remains at large and the Department of Insurance urges anyone with information to call 714-712-7600. It is important to note that insurance fraud is a serious crime and perpetrators can face severe penalties, including jail time and fines.
Consumers are warned to be aware of fraud
The case serves as a reminder for consumers to be vigilant when choosing an insurance agent and to thoroughly research their credentials before making a decision. The California Department of Insurance offers resources and information to help consumers make informed decisions and avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
The Department of Insurance works to protect consumers from fraudulent insurance activity, including scams, deceptive advertising, and illegal practices. The department investigates and prosecutes individuals and companies involved in insurance fraud and works to ensure that insurance companies provide fair and honest services to consumers.
Consumers are urged to check the license status of their agents and contact the Department of Insurance if they suspect any fraudulent activity.
The department will continue to work to protect consumers from fraudulent insurance activity and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.
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