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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Arraignment of Insurance Agent for Fraud

News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: November 21, 2011
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Arraignment of Insurance Agent for Fraud
Agent Submits Bogus Long Term Care Insurance Applications

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that Vincent Christopher Bellucci, 41, was arraigned in Ventura County on one count felony grand theft involving false insurance applications.

"Defrauding an insurance company out of thousands of dollars doesn't just hurt that company, it ultimately hurts consumers, as well," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "Individuals who perpetrate such crimes will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

According to investigators, from December 2009 until July 2010, Bellucci allegedly created and submitted bogus long term care insurance applications to Genworth Life Insurance Company. The applications contained false names, addresses and income information for the applicants. The Newbury Park agent was also charged with telephonically personating some of the insurance applicants when Genworth conducted follow-up personal history interviews.

When he submitted the phony applications, Bellucci received advanced commissions that he was not legally entitled to. Genworth lost more than $91,000. Bellucci's insurance license expired on August 31, 2011.

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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