Unlicensed insurance agent arrested for stealing premiums totaling more than $140,000
News: 2016 Press Release
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Robert Meseer, 63, of Westminster, was arrested by California Department of Insurance investigators on 32 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, and forgery after acting as an insurance agent to allegedly steal more than $140,000 from several business owners.
Evidence revealed Meseer, doing business as MRM Insurance, began illegally managing MRM Insurance after a relative's license expired in 2009. The relative had been operating the agency, which gave Meseer access to client files and allowed him to implement various schemes to bilk premiums from unsuspecting policyholders.
"Meseer's alleged criminal acts exposed victims to thousands of dollars of financial risk and loss," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "It is important for consumers and businesses to check on the license status of any agent in order to protect themselves and their finances."
After receiving a referral from a business owner who discovered Meseer had issued them a bogus insurance certificate listing a nonexistent insurance company, the Department of Insurance Investigation Division launched an investigation. Additional evidence revealed numerous alleged violations by Meseer, including issuing bogus insurance documents, overcharging several times the amount of the premium, giving inflated billings, not disclosing the true cost of coverage to customers, renewing policies without forwarding' premium payments, and even soliciting new insurance business, all without a proper license.
Meseer was booked into Orange County Jail and bail is set at $100,000. The Orange County District Attorney's office is prosecuting this case.
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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 $469 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.