“Investigators and detectives at the California Department of Insurance investigate allegations involving those who work in the insurance industry. Unfortunately, in this state, and across the country, insurance investigators have no shortage of work as unscrupulous individuals steal from their clients.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
SANTA BARBARA— On December 30, 2022, previously licensed bail agent and insurance producer Sean Wilczak, 29, was arraigned in Santa Barbara County Superior Court on three felony counts of grand theft for allegedly stealing $25,000 from three bail clients.
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) initiated an investigation after receiving multiple complaints from Wilczak's bail clients, in which they alleged Wilczak took cash from them, but failed to post a bail bond.
CDI’s investigation revealed that Wilczak advertised himself as the owner of Wolf Bail Bonds, which is not a registered business entity with the Department of Insurance or with the California Secretary of State as required by law.
According to the investigation, while using the unregistered business name, Wilczak met with the families of two different criminal defendants who were seeking bail. During these meetings, Wilczak secured a combined total of $25,000 in cash for bail deposits. However, Wilczak failed to post the defendants’ bonds. As of December 30th, Wilczak had not filed bond applications on behalf of either of the criminal defendants, nor had he refunded any of the cash payments he received.
CDI revoked Wilczak's license on August 22, 2022. This case is being prosecuted by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office.