Insurance Commissioner appoints new leader of Department of Insurance law enforcement branch
News: 2015 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that he is appointing George Mueller as Deputy Commissioner of the Enforcement Branch of the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Mueller will lead the department's law enforcement and criminal investigative functions. The enforcement branch is the largest component of the Department of Insurance and consists of 400 professionals, including over 200 sworn peace officers, who investigate various insurance crimes, including workers' compensation, auto, homeowner, health, life, annuity, and disability insurance fraud and crimes committed by insurance agents and brokers and those pretending to be agents and brokers.
"I'm pleased to welcome George Mueller to the department," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Chief Mueller brings a wealth of law enforcement leadership experience and expertise that will benefit our enforcement branch, the entire department and the people of California."
A sworn peace officer, Mueller comes to the department from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where he most recently served as assistant chief of the Bureau of Investigation. Mueller has served in law enforcement since 1985 where he began his law enforcement career working for the City of Alhambra Police Department as a police officer and then detective.
Appointed assistant chief by the Los Angeles District Attorney in 2009, Mueller also served as a captain, lieutenant, supervising investigator and various other roles in the district attorney's office. He has extensive experience overseeing complex criminal investigations with emphasis in combating insurance and health care fraud, workers' compensation fraud, elder abuse and other high impact crimes.
Mueller graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in public administration and earned his master's in public administration with a specialization in judicial administration from the same university.
Mueller is also a graduate of the FBI national academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He has been a featured instructor and speaker at numerous law enforcement conferences, including the FBI national academy conference and the International Summit on Human Trafficking in Ottawa, Canada. Mueller has also made presentations to representatives from Hong Kong and the Philippines and to the office of the attorney general in Thailand.
Mueller will begin his new assignment with CDI on July 20.
Mueller is filling the Deputy Commissioner position left vacant after Eric Weirich retired in December, 2014.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 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 $394 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.