On May 4th, 2023

Formerly Licensed Orange County Insurance Agent Charged with Grand Theft and Insurance Fraud

“Scamming the insurance industry in an effort to earn commissions on policies is theft and fraud.  California Department of Insurance investigators and detectives work to identify those who commit this type of crime in order to protect insurance companies and consumers.” – CSDLEA President Alan Barcelona

ORANGE – On May 3, 2023, formerly licensed insurance agent Phong Thanh Nguyen, 29, of Garden Grove, was charged with two felony counts of grand theft and insurance fraud after allegedly pocketing more than $37,000 in undeserved commissions from two separate life insurance companies.

The Department of Insurance opened an investigation after receiving a complaint alleging Nguyen received commissions on policies with no intention of keeping those policies active. The investigation revealed Nguyen wrote nine policies in one month that lapsed prematurely once the commission was paid. Nguyen did not pay back any of the unearned commissions he received from this alleged scheme. Under California law, failure to pay back unearned advance commissions is insurance fraud and theft.

In total, Nguyen received $37,453 from the alleged advanced commission scheme. At this time, Nguyen is a fugitive. Nguyen’s license expired December 31, 2020.

This case is being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.


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