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Fraud/Investigations – Other
Fraud/Investigations – Workers’ compensation
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Automobile Insurance

November 10, 2021
Insurance Commissioner Lara names members to the CAARP Advisory Committee to help protect consumers

November 5, 2021
Statement of Commissioner Lara on COVID pandemic auto premium refunds

October 6, 2021
Commissioner Lara orders Allstate, Mercury, and CSAA to “close the gap” on auto insurance refunds owed to drivers who drove less during the pandemic

March 11, 2021
Commissioner Lara finds auto insurance companies overcharged drivers as accidents plummeted during the pandemic

February 18, 2021
Commissioner Lara issues revised draft regulations to expand auto insurance group discounts to lower-income drivers

Climate Change Back to Top

November 12, 2021
California leaders announce first-in-nation ranking of heat waves

July 22, 2021
Recovery from climate change-intensified natural disasters can be faster, more equitable through new ‘climate insurance’ strategies, experts find

June 8, 2021
Commissioners Kreidler, Lara urge insurers to report climate risks through international financial stability framework

February 10, 2021
ICYMI — NAIC Task Force Meets to Address Climate and Resiliency

Disasters – Flood Back to Top

October 21, 2021
Commissioner Lara urges California homeowners to get ready for major storms during Flood Preparedness Week

Disasters – Mudslides/Mudflow Back to Top

January 26, 2021
Commissioner Lara alerts Californians living in wildfire burn areas across the state about coverage for floods and mudslides

Disasters – Wildfires Back to Top

December 20, 2021
New data shows insurance companies non-renewed fewer homeowners in 2020 while FAIR Plan ‘insurer of last resort’ policies increased

November 10, 2021
Commissioner Lara protects additional California wildfire survivors from insurance non-renewals

October 12, 2021
Commissioner Lara announces comprehensive solution to growing agricultural and commercial insurance needs

October 1, 2021
Over 50,000 Shasta County homes protected from insurance non-renewals because of Commissioner action

September 20, 2021
Commissioner Lara protects insurance coverage for 325,000 Northern California wildfire survivors

September 1, 2021
Commissioner Lara puts insurance companies “on notice” to protect insurance coverage for communities with wildfire emergency declarations

August 19, 2021
Commissioner Lara protects more than 25,000 policyholders affected by Beckwourth Complex Fire and Lava Fire from policy non-renewal for one year

August 18, 2021
Consumer alert: Wildfire evacuees could be eligible for expenses under their current insurance policy

July 27, 2021
Wildfire survivors now covered by new insurance protections

May 13, 2021
Commissioner Lara calls for insurance companies to support home-hardening and community mitigation safety efforts during Wildfire Awareness Month

February 8, 2021
Commissioner Lara and Governor Newsom's Administration to establish home and community hardening standards for insurance

Fraud/Investigations – Auto Back to Top

December 6, 2021
Eastvale resident arraigned on 14 felony counts of insurance fraud in “paper collision” scheme

November 24, 2021
Individuals in LA-based organized fraud ring sentenced to prison for staging auto collisions to collect insurance money

July 20, 2021
Department of Insurance investigation leads to additional charges against Fresno woman for nine felony counts of fraud and identity theft

July 16, 2021
Seventeen additional defendants arraigned in San Diego $822,000 organized auto insurance fraud ring

July 7, 2021
Northern California drivers charged after investigation uncovers text messages detailing alleged insurance fraud scheme

July 1, 2021
Arleta insurance agent guilty after stealing insurance payments from 26 consumers

June 11, 2021
Department orders consumer refunds from illegal sales of extended vehicle warranties

April 5, 2021
Southern California man arraigned for auto insurance fraud after Rolls Royce and Maserati accidents

March 4, 2021
Silicon Valley man arraigned for alleged auto insurance fraud and forgery

February 24, 2021
LA woman sentenced for involvement in staged collision insurance fraud ring

February 12, 2021
Porter Ranch mother and son arrested for auto insurance fraud involving their Aston Martin

January 27, 2021
Two Davis residents arraigned in auto insurance fraud scheme

January 25, 2021
Firebaugh driver arrested for alleged auto insurance fraud

January 11, 2021
Los Angeles insurance agents arraigned in $687,000 grand theft scheme

Fraud/Investigations – Health care Back to Top

December 15, 2021
Unlicensed Orange County insurance agent charged with more than 80 felony counts for stealing customers’ premiums

August 9, 2021
Two suspects arraigned for 36 felony counts in health care fraud case spanning two states after Department of Insurance investigation

Fraud/Investigations – Other Back to Top

December 21, 2021
Title marketing representative agrees to give up license and accept lifetime ban following accusation and $1 million penalty against employer

September 13, 2021
Additional felony charges filed against Orange County insurance agents in $10 million securities fraud scheme

September 9, 2021
Former Camarillo insurance agent arraigned on 21 felony counts for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from clients

September 7, 2021
Cease and Desist Orders issued to four companies allegedly selling home warranties without a license

August 20, 2021
Former San Clemente insurance agent arrested for allegedly stealing $1.2 million from elderly consumers

August 5, 2021
Insurance company must repay 86-year-old customer after selling an annuity she did not understand

August 5, 2021
Title company to pay $1 million penalty after Department of Insurance alleges employee broke law protecting real estate consumers

July 23, 2021
Former insurance agent sentenced for embezzling nearly $200,000 from clients, leaving them uninsured

July 16, 2021
Alleged disability fraud thwarted by Department of Insurance detectives

June 16, 2021
Former Exeter insurance agent arraigned for allegedly embezzling nearly $30,000

June 14, 2021
Commissioner Lara, Attorney General Bonta, San Diego DA Stephan Announce Sentencing in Fraud Scheme Targeting U.S. Navy Sailors

May 24, 2021
Son of Bakersfield motel owners sentenced in felony insurance fraud scheme

May 17, 2021
Additional felony charges filed against Orange County insurance agents in $7 million securities fraud scheme

May 14, 2021
Department issues Cease and Desist Order to protect California consumers from unlicensed home warranty company

May 11, 2021
Former Madera insurance agent convicted for felony grand theft

April 28, 2021
Former Lake Forest agent arrested on 90 counts of felony insurance fraud after stealing nearly $200,000 in premium payments

April 23, 2021
Sacramento man charged with fraud for scheme involving lost cell phone claims

April 12, 2021
Hacienda Heights unlicensed insurance agent sentenced after stealing $450,000 in clients’ premiums

March 26, 2021
Former Visalia insurance agent arraigned after allegedly stealing from client

February 24, 2021
Merced agriculture company owner and daughter sentenced in $2.5 million insurance fraud scheme

February 11, 2021
Additional felony charges filed against insurance agents in $748,000 grand theft scheme

February 8, 2021
Department issues Cease and Desist Order against former Orangevale insurance agent

February 4, 2021
Former Long Beach agent arraigned for grand theft after allegedly stealing more than $97,000 from clients

January 28, 2021
Unlicensed Lake Forest agent ordered to pay $20,000 after judge affirms Cease and Desist Order

January 28, 2021
Title company agrees to pay $50,000 following illegal inducement allegations

January 15, 2021
Former LA agent arraigned for theft and fraud in funeral insurance scam

Fraud/Investigations – Workers’ compensation Back to Top

December 9, 2021
Stockton farm labor contractor arraigned on 15 felony counts in alleged

November 12, 2021
Santa Rosa resident convicted in “slip and fall” workers’ compensation fraud scheme

October 27, 2021
Former Orange County resident arraigned in $1.4 million workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme that preyed on local businesses

September 29, 2021
Car wash owners arraigned in $3.6 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

September 20, 2021
Owners of painting and construction companies charged in $5 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

September 10, 2021
Visalia business owner arraigned in $2.5 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

August 3, 2021
Porter Ranch landscaper arraigned for alleged workers’ compensation fraud

June 2, 2021
Grand jury issues indictments after Bakersfield vocational school allegedly steals benefits intended for injured workers

June 1, 2021
Encino construction company owner arraigned in $25 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

May 14, 2021
Sacramento flooring business owners charged in $3.8 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

May 10, 2021
Former Clovis agent arraigned for allegedly stealing consumers’ insurance payments

May 6, 2021
Fresno construction company owner arrested in nearly $1 million workers’ compensation scheme

May 3, 2021
Undercover operation leads to conviction of Maxwell rice mill worker in insurance fraud scheme

April 16, 2021
Sacramento welder arraigned on felony workers’ compensation fraud charges

April 16, 2021
Farm worker’s medical mistreatment reveals siblings’ alleged $1.4 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

April 14, 2021
Los Angeles business owner arraigned in $1 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme

March 23, 2021
San Jacinto landscaper arraigned in alleged workers’ compensation scam

March 12, 2021
Surveillance footage leads to charges against Madera woman for workers’ compensation fraud

March 4, 2021
Merced nutrition assistant arraigned for insurance fraud in workers’ compensation scheme

February 3, 2021
Buttonwillow warehouse worker arraigned for alleged workers’ compensation insurance fraud

January 21, 2021
Fresno construction worker charged with insurance fraud and perjury

Health care Back to Top

June 30, 2021
Commissioner Lara takes action to expand culturally competent health care access to LGBTQ+ Californians

June 17, 2021
Statement of Commissioner Lara on the Supreme Court’s Protection of the Affordable Care Act

May 10, 2021
Statement of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on the Biden Administration restoring patient anti-discrimination protections

March 18, 2021
Statement of Commissioner Lara on the Confirmation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra

Legal Back to Top

November 19, 2021
Commissioner Lara orders FAIR Plan to offer increased commercial coverage to businesses

November 15, 2021
Department issues Cease and Desist Order to protect California consumers from illegal extended car warranties sales

September 24, 2021
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara orders FAIR Plan to offer California homeowners increased coverage options

August 19, 2021
Health Plan Intermediaries Holdings, LLC to pay $2 million after allegedly misleading customers about health insurance coverage

July 20, 2021
Court upholds Insurance Commissioner Lara’s order to expand FAIR Plan “last resort” coverage to better protect homeowners

July 2, 2021
Fremont insurance agent’s license revoked for illegally borrowing money from insurance client

June 17, 2021
Commissioner Lara revokes Los Angeles insurance agent’s license for illegal treatment of elderly and disabled clients

March 19, 2021
Department issues Cease and Desist Order to protect California consumers from illegal extended warranty sales

February 23, 2021
Commissioner Lara proposes new transparency rules to help consumers better prepare for wildfires

Legislation Back to Top

October 13, 2021
Commissioner Lara’s sponsored bills signed by Governor Newsom will increase consumer protections for Californians

July 27, 2021
Statement of Commissioner Lara on expansion of health coverage for undocumented adults

July 23, 2021
Statement of Commissioner Lara on Governor signature on SB 11

June 24, 2021
Statement of Commissioner Lara on passage of SB 334 by the California Assembly Insurance Committee

June 21, 2021
Commissioner Lara Supports Bill Expanding FAIR Plan to Cover Farm Buildings

March 26, 2021
Senate Insurance Committee Approves Bill to Protect Health, Safety, and Human Rights of Immigrants in Private, For-Profit Prisons and Detention Facilities

March 19, 2021
Commissioner Lara sponsors the Parent Healthcare Act to help reduce health insurance costs for California’s working families

February 19, 2021
Legislation Introduced to Protect Patients in Recovery

February 11, 2021
Commissioner Lara and Assembly Member Kamlager team up to address overpopulation and health care of ‘pandemic pets’

February 9, 2021
Senator Durazo, Commissioner Lara Introduce Legislation to Protect Health and Safety of Immigrants in Private, For-Profit Detention Facilities and Prisons

Miscellaneous Back to Top

October 13, 2021
Insurance Commissioner Lara appoints members to statewide boards to drive forward consumer protection goals

October 8, 2021
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara: “Diversity means business”

August 5, 2021
Insurance Commissioner Lara appoints Press Secretary for the Department of Insurance to help promote outreach to consumers

July 12, 2021
Insurance Commissioner Lara names members to statewide boards to drive forward consumer protection goals

April 14, 2021
Commissioner Lara Announces Appointments to the WCIRB Governing Committee

March 24, 2021
Statement of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on the submission of Assemblymember Rob Bonta as California Attorney General

February 16, 2021
Commissioner Lara Appoints Members to the Insurance Diversity Task Force and the CLHIGA Board of Directors

February 11, 2021
Commissioner Lara Thanks Outgoing Leader of Diversity Task Force and Welcomes First LGBTQ+ Chair

Seniors Back to Top

January 26, 2021
Commissioner Lara Appoints Members to the California Long Term Care Insurance Task Force

Workers’ compensation Back to Top

July 21, 2021
Insurance Commissioner Lara lowers workers’ compensation benchmark rate, further protecting workers and businesses during pandemic

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