Georgia insurance commissioner indicted in alleged $2 million fraud case

Georgia Insurance Commissioner - Dangling money

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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American homeowners insurance rates have skyrocketed in the last 10 years

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A recent study showed that property owners are paying far more now than a decade ago. Natural disasters occurring over the last ten years are being blamed for a surge in American homeowners insurance rates. Tornado alley has experienced the fastest increase in home insurance premiums in the US. A LendingTree subsidiary, QuoteWizard, looked at data over the last 10 years to explain the steady, sharp increase in American homeowners insurance rates. What they determined was that there has been a series of natural disasters that have kept premiums moving…

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Insurance groups offer Texas storm preparedness tips for homeowners

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As the spring storm season gets fired up, insurers are hoping home insurance customers are ready. Texas storm preparedness can help to make a big difference in the risk of damage throughout the spring season. This year, insurance groups are offering policyholders added advice to help protect themselves against rains, winds and other severe weather risks. These helpful recommendations will reduce the risk of damage and make the claims process easier. The right Texas storm preparedness can make it possible for homeowners and vehicle owners to keep their property safe.…

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Insurance companies facing rising water damage claims

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A new report shows that leaks are becoming increasingly problematic for homeowners and insurers. A new Verisk Analytics report from its ISO unit has found that insurance companies are taking an increasing number of water damage claims. At the same time, other forms of claim have been falling in frequency. The report determined that one in 50 homeowners insurance policyholders file a leak claim each year. Water damage claims affect one in every 50 homeowners insurance policyholders every year, according to the research. The study involved data from 2013 through…

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California wine country flooding leaves thousands of homes and businesses damaged

California wine country flooding - Vineyard at Sunset

The floodwaters have turned two communities in Northern California into temporary islands. California wine country flooding is the worst the region has seen since 1995 when the Napa river reached record peak levels. The rain in Northern California has turned two wine country communities into temporary islands. At the moment, they can be reached only by boat. Thousands of homes and businesses are flooded as rivers across the region crest their banks. The Russian River crested at over 46 feet last week and the water did not recede until later…

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Insurance companies issue polar vortex safety tips to policyholders facing the deep freeze

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Customers who protect their homes and themselves lower their risk of having to file a claim. As freezing weather blasts its way across three quarters of the country, insurance companies have issued polar vortex safety tips to keep their policyholders safe. The goal is to educate customers to make the right safety choices to prevent injuries to themselves or damage to their property. Several insurers have taken part in this effort to make it easier for policyholders to avoid claims. The following are some of the ways customers can use…

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No more NRA branded insurance for sale in Washington state

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Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has banned these policies and will issue fines. Washington state’s insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler, has banned the sale of NRA branded insurance, labeling it as “illegal” in the state. Selling any insurance policies branded by the National Rifle Association is an offense for which fines can now be issued in the state. Kreidler will already be issuing fines to an insurance company for selling the branded coverage. Chubb Ltd. subsidiary Illinois Union Insurance Co has been ordered to cease the underwriting of NRA branded insurance…

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