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Former California Insurance Agent Charged With Multiple Felonies.

Byline: Don Jergler

Former California Insurance Agent Charged With Multiple Felonies

Felony charges for grand theft and identity theft were filed against Alicia Calderon, 33, a former licensed insurance producer in California, after investigators reportedly discovered evidence that Calderon took money from and issued fraudulent policies for a commercial building and big-rig trucks.

Calderon allegedly provided victims with fraudulent policies that included effective dates and coverage amounts. One victim suffered an uninsured loss as a result of Calderon's theft. The second victim was also involved in a collision where they were not at fault, but the collision report led to a DMV notification that their registration was flagged for suspension due to lack of coverage, after the insurer notified the DMV that no such policy existed, according to investigators.

When the victims contacted Calderon regarding the uninsured loss and notices from the DMV, Calderon offered excuses and even charged one victim to rectify the DMV issues.

The Department of Insurance launched an investigation after receiving a consumer complaint earlier this year. Investigators found evidence Calderon accepted $11,700 in premium payments from two victims in 2017 for the purchase of liability coverage for a commercial building and tractor trailer. The investigation also revealed the policies Calderon submitted contained non-existent policy numbers and that she used another agent's license information constituting identity theft.

Calderon's bail has been set at $300,000 and her location is unknown at this time. The California Department of Insurance is looking for any information on the suspect's whereabouts. The case is being prosecuted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.

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Author:Jergler, Don
Publication:Insurance Journal
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 6, 2019
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