Georgia insurance commissioner indicted in alleged $2 million fraud case

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The U.S. attorney’s office described the case and the allegations against Jim Beck. Earlier this week, the United States attorney’s office laid out what it called a $2 million fraud case which involves Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. The commissioner’s attorney entered into negotiations regarding when and how Beck would turn himself in. The Georgia insurance commissioner is the target of a 38 count indictment. It accuses Beck of widespread fraud regarding work he did for the Georgia Underwriting Association (G.U.A.). The alleged fraudulent activities all occurred before Beck was…

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Parents are looking to education insurance to protect school costs

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Many people are making sure their tuition money is safe by investing in policies to ensure coverage. Some parents who have realized the risk involved in the funds they spend on tuition are turning to education insurance to keep their investment safe. Should anything happen during a student’s college career, recovering education costs can be difficult. Colleges typically offer different forms of refund policies. That said, after four to six weeks into the semester have passed, the refund policies for most colleges will have expired. This means that it’s nearly…

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Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5 million in fines

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A California appeals court has ruled in favor of reinstating the penalties against the insurer. In California, a state appeals court has reinstated a fine of $27.5 million in penalties against Mercury Insurance Co. The ruling from earlier this week was the outcome of a case accusing the insurer of charging illegal broker fees. The auto insurance company charged illegal broker fees in 180,000 transactions with its customers. The fees were charged to customers from 1999 through 2004. The fines against Mercury Insurance were originally imposed by the California Department…

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Tesla insurance is “not an easy business”, warns Warren Buffett

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The Berkshire CEO has pointed to past failures of the industry to try to get into selling coverage. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and investing guru to millions has knocked Elon Musk’s idea to launch Tesla insurance. Buffett is seen as an expert in the insurance industry as Berkshire Hathaway thrives within it. Musk recently announced that his electric vehicle company will launch its own Tesla insurance coverage, as reported by Live Insurance News at the end of April. This was, to a large extent, a response to what…

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Uber liabilities means the rideshare company “depends heavily” on insurance coverage

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The firm is on its way to its initial public offering and would not have reached this place without policies. Uber liabilities are widespread due to the very nature and size of the company. As it comes closer to its initial public offering (I.P.O.), many are recognizing that insurance coverage was integral to its success. The rideshare company is seeking to raise $10 billion along the way to its initial public offering. Uber Technologies Inc. openly acknowledges that it wouldn’t have been possible for it to reach this point without…

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Why it Pays to Insure Your Gold Assets

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From tangible cash to properties, valuable assets must be insured against disasters and catastrophes. As with any other valuable property, it is no surprise that people also insure their gold assets. Adhil Shetty of Yahoo! Finance writes that various insurance plans offer peace of mind when it comes to securing the metal, with plans covering theft and even accidental loss. Coverage increases in scope according to the plan that you pay for, with Shetty reminding gold owners that it is important to hold on to all relevant documents should the…

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Marijuana insurance market is still an area of hesitation for insurers

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Some insurance providers remain cautious to enter the cannabis insurance market. The marijuana insurance market is growing quickly, but insurers themselves remain cautious. States are increasingly legalizing cannabis products, but there are risks involve that may keep some providers from taking part, said a new A.M. Best report. There are many barriers and risks making insurance companies hesitant to enter the market. Among the leading barriers to entry into the marijuana insurance market is the federal government. The reason is that while individual states are commonly legalizing the drug, the…

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