Sentencing Update - Search for fugitive former insurance agent charged with multiple felonies underway
News: 2019 Press Release
Alicia Calderon was apprehended on July 2, 2019, by California Department of Insurance Detectives and was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. She was convicted on July 10, 2019, on two felony counts of grand theft and was sentenced to three years’ probation and one year work release. Calderon is schedule to return to the Los Angeles County Superior Court on August 14, 2019, for a restitution hearing.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Felony charges for grand theft and identity theft were filed against Alicia Calderon, 33, a former licensed insurance producer, after investigators discovered evidence that Calderon took money from and issued fraudulent policies for a commercial building and big-rig trucks leaving two consumers vulnerable to significant financial loss.
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.
“Calderon’s flagrant use of an expired agent license to victimize hard working people is reprehensible,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “Her alleged crimes left every driver who shared the road with the uninsured big-rigs at great risk.”
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 Department of Insurance is looking for any information on the suspect’s whereabouts and is concerned there may be more victims who are unaware their policy is fraudulent. If anyone has information regarding Calderon, including if they purchased a policy from her, please contact the Department at 323-278-5000. The case is being prosecuted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
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Media Note: The department is taking appropriate action against Calderon’s expired license to protect consumers.
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 www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.