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PHOENIX - On September 16, 2013, the Arizona State Grand Jury charged Hugo Alejandro Mejia-Regalado with several felonies involving Fraud Schemes, Insurance Fraud, Forgeries, Theft and Aggravated Identity Theft. The case involved separate investigations conducted by State Farm Insurance and the Arizona Department of Insurance Investigations Division.
PHOENIX - On July 20, 2013, Richard Sparta, who is owner of APEX Carpet Cleaning, was hired to give an estimate on mold damage to a policy holder's Mesa, AZ, residence. The allegations are that Sparta brought a Persian rug into the residence explaining to the policy holder they would have it damaged and the insurance company would pay her thousands of dollars.
Phoenix ― The Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) responded to 9,013 consumer complaints and inquiries in 2011 and provided assistance in settling insurance company disputes and obtaining $7,467,542 in claim settlements and refunds for Arizona consumers.
Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) Director, Christina Urias, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Regner as Assistant Director of ADOI’s Financial Affairs Division. “Mr. Regner replaces the recently retired Steven P. Ferguson and has been an outstanding supervisor in the ADOI Financial Affairs Division since 1988,” Urias said. He has served as the ADOI’s Chief Financial Analyst since 2001, managing ADOI’s crucial financial solvency oversight program and monitoring the fiscal health of insurance companies doing business in Arizona. Regner’s significant responsibilities are integral to maintaining ADOI’s accreditation in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Accreditation Program. Among his many accomplishments, Regner is a significant participant on the NAIC Financial Analysis Handbook Working Group and the NAIC Reinsurance Task Force.
An investigation by the Arizona Department of Insurance lead to the arrest and felony conviction of Michael Swedo who plead guilty to Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices for submitting fraudulent claims to insurance companies and stealing the identity of an individual to set up a false business to conduct his scam. Today, Swedo was sentenced to serve 5 years in prison, pay a $5,000 fine and $83,356 in restitution to 16 different insurance companies.
InHouse Home Warranty, Inc. (“InHouse”) was a service company that sold home warranties through real estate agents, on-line and by phone. Its owner is Brock Kuchynka (“Kuchynka”) and its office was located at 9035 E. Pima Center Parkway, Suite 9, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. On February 25, 2009, the Arizona Department of Insurance (“Department”) issued an Order Summarily Suspending the service company permit of InHouse prohibiting it from issuing new home warranties and renewing existing contracts. In addition, InHouse did not renew its Service Contract permit on December 31, 2009 so it was unauthorized, not just suspended, after that date.
PHOENIX—Residents affected by the Wallow Fire may think the worst is over after the flames are extinguished but without proper preparation, a flooding disaster can be around the corner. Wildfire alters the landscape in ways that increase water and mud runoff in burned areas. Under normal circumstances, the forest floor drains, dissipates and absorbs water effectively enough to reduce flooding downstream. Burned forest areas are more unstable and less able to hold water, collecting downstream with increased velocity and often resulting in urban and flash flooding.