Sentencing Update - Former Southland insurance agent arrested for allegedly stealing and misusing consumer information
News: 2018 Press Release
Andrew Barcoma Go, 51, of Bellflower, was convicted of one count of Burglary, in violation of Penal Code 459 and sentenced to 30 days of community service and three years of formal probation on June 20, 2019.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Andrew Barcoma Go, 51, of Bellflower, was arrested on seven felony counts including six for identity theft and one for grand theft after allegedly falsifying information on insurance applications to steal over $34,000 from Farmers Insurance.
"My department regulates more than 410,000 licensed insurance agents and brokers who work hard to safeguard sensitive client information," said Commissioner Jones. "Go's alleged behavior reflects poorly on every other honest agent who is trustworthy and works hard to serve their clients."
After receiving a complaint from Farmers, the California Department of Insurance launched an investigation which revealed that while working for his own agency, Andrew B. Go Insurance Agency, Go allegedly submitted falsified customer information on insurance policy applications and renewals without the customers' knowledge in order to obtain unwarranted premium discounts.
The investigation identified multiple victims of identity theft who did not know Go and never authorized their information be used to obtain discounts. Go's alleged scheme resulted in not only the $34,228 in losses to Farmers that Go embezzled, but also additional loss in premium. Go's license was revoked on July 18, 2017 due to the allegations of this investigation. Prior to that, he had been licensed since 2001.
Go was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff and released on bail. Go will return at a later date for arraignment at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles 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.