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News: 2013 Press Release
For Release: December 12, 2013
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Redding area insurance agent arrested for theft and providing bogus insurance certificates to dupe clients
Department of Insurance issues consumer warning and urges potential victims to call
REDDING, Calif. - Rodger Edward Winkler, 64, a property and casualty agent was arrested by Shasta County District Attorney investigators and charged with numerous felonies including grand theft, insurance fraud and petty theft, for allegedly collecting insurance premiums from clients and issuing bogus insurance certificates. The California Department of Insurance urges anyone who purchased insurance from Winkler to contact their insurance company and verify coverage.
"Winkler's crimes are particularly offensive because he potentially victimized consumers twice," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "When Winkler stole premiums from consumers and issued bogus insurance certificates, he left them vulnerable to additional loss because they actually did not have coverage for their car, home or business."
The department received several requests for assistance from consumers who claimed that after paying Winkler for insurance coverage they did not receive the coverage promised. Two of the consumers contacted the insurance companies when they did not receive their policies and were told the policies were canceled for non-payment of premium. Other consumers who paid Winkler and received insurance certificates found out the certificates were allegedly fraudulent after the insurance companies confirmed the policy information on the certificates was bogus.
Investigators found that Winkler collected more than $6,000 from clients for workers' compensation, general liability, and commercial automobile insurance coverage and allegedly failed to forward the premium exposing his clients to the risk of uncovered loss.
The Department of Insurance is taking enforcement action to suspend Winkler's agent license and prohibit him from transacting insurance business. The department is also asking anyone that purchased insurance from Winkler and find they do not have legitimate coverage to contact the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357.
Winkler is currently out on $50,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment in Shasta County Superior Court on January 6, 2014.
- Booking photo available
- Enforcement action
- Criminal charges filed on 10/13/2013 include:
- Two counts of felony grand theft of personal funds. PC487 (a)
- Three counts of felony insurance fraud. PC 550(b)(2)
- One count of misdemeanor petty theft. PC 484(a)/488
- Arrested and booked on 11/21/2013 into Shasta County Jail by Shasta County District Attorney Investigators.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2013 the California Department of Insurance received more than 170,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $63 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.