At the annual convention of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia last weekend, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced that a major focus of his office has been and will continue to be insurance fraud. Due to additional funding obtained last year, the Insurance Commissioner’s Office has hired 7 new investigators and 2 new attorneys for its Enforcement Division. The commissioner described a sting operation that his office conducted in conjunction with a local Atlanta television station aimed at insurance fraud involving roofing contractors, which ended with the arrest of 5 contractors, as an example of his office’s increased focus on this criminal activity.
Commissioner Hudgens also encouraged those in attendance to report any instances of misconduct by agents that may come to their attention. He pledged that “something will be done” in response to any such reports, as well as those related to insurance fraud.