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Friday, January 29, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY – A Yukon man faces forgery charges after an investigation by the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Unit. Felix Herrera, 36, is accused of forging a former insurance agent’s name and license number on policy paperwork.
“Oklahomans need to be able to trust their insurance agent,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. “This man’s past criminal history and presence in the industry puts consumers at risk.”
Herrera’s insurance license was revoked in 2009 for embezzling almost $10,000 in premiums from more than 50 customers. He pled guilty and received a deferred sentence.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) began investigating Herrera again in July after receiving complaints he was selling insurance without a license at a Yukon insurance agency. During an interview with OID investigators, Herrera admitted that he used another agent’s license number to write policies and forged that agent’s name on insurance documents.
Herrera could face up to seven years in prison on each charge.
“I’m very proud of our Anti-Fraud Unit for leading the fight against white collar crime in the insurance industry,” Doak said. “Oklahomans should always make sure their insurance agent is currently licensed.”
Oklahomans can verify that an insurance agent is licensed by visiting the Consumer section of the OID website, www.oid.ok.gov, or by calling 800-522-0071.
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.
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