Former agent sentenced for stealing $100,000 in premiums and investment funds
News: 2018 Press Release
"Many people make the mistake of thinking insurance fraud is a victimless white-collar crime," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "This agent left his clients at great financial risk when he failed to secure their policies, leaving them without the coverage they paid for."
The California Department of Insurance launched an investigation after receiving multiple complaints, including one from an insurance carrier after a company attempted to file a claim for its injured employee under what turned out to be a non-existent policy number and the other from a business owner who discovered they had no legitimate workers' compensation or liability coverage.
The investigation revealed that Rollins, while working as a licensed agent at an insurance agency, collected premium payments from several clients for workers' compensation and commercial general liability coverage, but failed to place coverage with any insurance carrier.
After leaving that insurance agency, Rollins continued to sell fraudulent policies under a corporation he registered with the Nevada Secretary of State, but never licensed by the California Department of Insurance. The investigation revealed over $20,000 in premium payments Rollins collected from his victims, either made payable directly to him or to FDR Presidential Services, were spent on personal expenses and not forwarded to insurance carriers to obtain insurance coverage. To conceal the scheme, Rollins issued false Certificates of Insurance, which listed the names of valid insurance carriers as the insurance providers of the fraudulent policies.
In addition to collecting premium payments for policies that were never placed, Rollins also allegedly presented himself as a registered stockbroker and accepted funds for investments from several victims. Rollins collected nearly $80,000 from various individuals, including insurance clients, under the guise that he was investing their money in stocks. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a
non-governmental organization that regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms, verified that Rollins has never been licensed in any capacity to act as a stockbroker.
Rollins is no longer licensed as he failed to renew his license after it expired in March 2014. The Department of Insurance is taking appropriate administrative action against Rollins' license. The case was prosecuted by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.
Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at www.insurance.ca.gov via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.