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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2009

Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for October 2009

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today that Director of Insurance Michael T. McRaith issued the following disciplinary orders:

• Autumn Leigh Martin, Lisle – Application for insurance producer license was denied effective September 18, 2009.  Ms. Martin’s application was denied as result of her failure to facilitate and aid the Director in an examination.

• Georgia Scott, Chicago – Application for insurance producer license was denied effective September 18, 2009.  Ms. Scott’s application for a limited lines producer license was denied as a result of an investigation which showed that Ms. Scott failed to reveal a previous revocation on his 2005 and 2007 applications for a limited lines license, thereby providing incorrect and materially untrue information in the application for his license.

• Linda L. Torres, Aurora, CO – Insurance producer license of Linda L. Torres revoked effective September 18, 2009.  Ms. Torres had been licensed since December 7, 2007, to sell accident, health, property and casualty insurance.  Ms. Torres’ license was revoked as a result of an investigation which revealed she was convicted of two drug related felonies in 1989, failed to reveal the felony convictions on her 2007 application for a license, had her license revoked in South Dakota, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, and Virginia and failed to facilitate and aid the Director in an examination.
 
• David John Blake, Tower Lakes – Application for insurance producer license denied effective September 18, 2009.  Mr. Blake’s application for a license to sell property and casualty insurance was denied following conclusion of a hearing on the Department’s Letter of Denial dated December 17, 2008.  The Letter of Denial was issued as a result of an investigation revealing Mr. Blake had been convicted of felony Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, and Bribery of a Public Official.  Additionally, the Department learned that the State of New York revoked Mr. Blake’s New York insurance broker’s license in 2004.

• Jamie Nicole Brown, Willowbrook – Application for insurance producer license denied effective August 31, 2009.  Ms. Brown’s application for a license to sell life, accident, and health insurance was denied as result of her failure to facilitate and aid the Director in an examination.
       
• Sharona R. Ward, East St. Louis – Stipulation and Consent Order issued regarding the insurance producer license of Sharona R. Ward, effective August 10, 2009.  Ms. Ward has been licensed since November 16, 2007, to sell life, accident and health insurance.  The Stipulation and Consent Order, which includes a $5,000 civil forfeiture and corrective orders, alleges that Ms. Ward sold and backdated an accident insurance policy to an Illinois consumer that covered an Illinois consumer that she knew was deceased.

• John David Jones, Rock Island – Insurance producer license of John D. Jones revoked effective September 18, 2009.  Mr. Jones had been licensed since August 8, 2008, to sell life, accident and health insurance.  Mr. Jones’ license was revoked as a result of his failure to facilitate and aid the Director in an examination regarding a child support issue.

• James R. George, DeKalb – Application for insurance producer license denied effective September 19, 2008.  Mr. George’s application for a limited lines producer license was denied as a result of an investigation which revealed that Mr. George was convicted of felony Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and felony Failure to Register as a Sex offender in September 1990 and May 1998, respectively.

• Brian Sanchez and State 2 State Auto Insurance, Chicago – Insurance producer licenses revoked effective September 18, 2009.  Mr. Sanchez and State 2 State Auto Insurance had been licensed since October 15, 2007, and February 8, 2008, respectively. Mr. Sanchez and State 2 State Auto Insurance were licensed to sell motor vehicle insurance.  The licenses were revoked as a result of an investigation which revealed that the Licensees had improperly withheld premiums in excess of $4,000, issued a fraudulent temporary insurance card to a consumer who later had an uncovered claim, and failed to facilitate and aid the Director in an examination.  Mr. Sanchez and Sate 2 State were also assessed a $10,000 civil penalty.

• Daniel L. Alvarado, Aurora – Application for insurance producer license denied effective August 31, 2009.  Mr. Alvarado’s application for an insurance license to sell life, accident, and health insurance was denied as a result of an investigation which revealed that Mr. Alvarado was convicted of felony Residential Burglary in July 2007.

• Frederick F. Flournoy, Naperville – Application for insurance producer license denied effective September 9, 2009. Mr. Flournoy’s application for a license to sell life, accident, and health insurance was denied following conclusion of a hearing on the Department’s Letter of Denial dated April 16, 2009.  The Letter of Denial was issued as a result of an investigation revealing Mr. Flournoy had been convicted of felony Forgery in December 1993 and failed to reveal the felony conviction on a February 1996 application for an insurance license.

More Information
The Department’s mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace.  The Department assists consumers with all insurance complaints, including health, auto and homeowners.  Consumers in need of information or assistance should visit the Department’s web site at www.insurance.illinois.gov or call our toll-free hotline at (866) 445-5364.

If you would like individual disciplinary orders, please call or e-mail Anjali Julka at anjali.julka@illinois.gov or Louis G. Pukelis at louis.pukelis@illinois.gov.



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