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Department of Insurance detective honored by U.S. Attorney Southern District of California for “Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice”

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: May 29, 2020
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Department of Insurance detective honored by U.S. Attorney Southern District of California for “Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice”
CDI detective receives award for Investigation of the Year with FBI and San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — California Department of Insurance Detective Israel Garcia was honored by U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer in the third annual “Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice” awards. Detective Garcia received an award for “Investigation of the Year” for his work on a joint operation with the FBI and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, who also received awards.

“Detective Garcia’s collaboration with other agencies on this case is a testament to our department’s determination and commitment to fighting fraud and protecting consumers,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “The Department of Insurance is honored to have one of our detectives receive this great award from the U.S. Attorney and is extremely proud to have Detective Garcia as an integral part of our law enforcement team.”

This year’s “Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice” awards recognize 77 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers for their work on cases in the San Diego and Imperial counties. These awards are given to agents and officers who display initiative, creativity, and persistence to achieve justice in challenging cases.

Detective Garcia and his colleagues from the FBI and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office worked together to expose systemic corruption in the California workers’ compensation system. The case led to the conviction of 18 individuals, seven corporations, and more than $2 million in fines.

Detective Garcia has been a valuable employee at the California Department of Insurance for over 13 years.

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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.

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