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Jun/11

25

Life Insurance Sold to Church Members Alleged Scam by Agents

In a June 17, 2011, article written by Darla Mercado for InvestmentNews.com, she writes that six life insurance agents claim that Aviva Life and Annuity Co. had consented to the offer of insurance coverage to some 119 churchgoers in Los Angeles.

It was reported that insurance agents, Kazimir Patelski, Glenda Smith-Lee, Napoleon B. Kinney, Cheralynne Bridgewater, Candice H. Hobdy and Rene Williams responded to a lawsuit filed by the insurer in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.

Mercado writes that originally, Aviva had sued the agents in March, claiming that the six had sold life insurance to the church parishioners in 2009 and 2010 under false pretenses. Wilshire Coast Consultants Inc., a named defendant, was trustee over 119 irrevocable life insurance trusts, each one holding an Aviva policy on the life of a churchgoer, according to the suit.

The carrier alleged that the parishioners were solicited at church for an “endowment program,” which involved taking out a policy on a church member and dividing the death benefits between that person’s beneficiaries, the church and an unknown third party. Aviva claimed that some parishioners who contacted the insurer said they either never paid premiums on the policy or that they paid only the initial premium and another entity made subsequent payments. Indeed, two churchgoers contacted by InvestmentNews in April had claimed that the program was offered as a way to help their church.

InvestmentNews.com reports that in the latest chapter of the litigation, the agents have turned the table, claiming that Aviva is guilty of “unclean hands” and had consented to the very acts it accuses the insurance agents of participating in.

“Plaintiff directed, ordered, approved, and in all other respects, ratified the acts and performance of these answering defendants,” the agents claim in their response. The insurer had “consented to the acts and omissions alleged in the complaint.”

The defendants specifically denied perpetrating a “Choli” or charity-owned life insurance scheme involving the provision of fraudulent marketing tactics, undisclosed premium finance payments and other financial incentives. Choli is a variation of stranger-owned life insurance (Stoli). The agents also denied Aviva’s allegation that the insurer’s producer guidelines don’t permit policy sales to be sold in the manner the agents had used.

The InvestmentNews.com article said that Mr. Patelski and the other defendants acknowledge that people who apply for coverage from Aviva need to answer questions about whether anyone other than the insured will pay for the premiums or whether the insured intends to transfer the policy to another party. However, the defendants denied the allegations, claiming they lacked the sufficient knowledge to determine the veracity of the accusations.

“We are fortunate this issue was discovered early before any claims were made on any of the policies,” Aviva spokesman Steve Carlson said. “Multiple misrepresentations were made to Aviva as part of these transactions.”

If you feel you’ve been allegedly defrauded by any of the above agents who sold life insurance policies through Aviva Life and Annuity Co. , contact Soreide Law Group.  For more information about our services please visit:  www.stockmarketlawsuit.com or call for a free consultation with an attorney at:  (888) 760-6552.

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Apr/11

28

INSURANCE FRAUD IN FLORIDA

The State of Florida has some of the strictest insurance fraud laws in the country.  Soreide Law Group, PLLC, is currently representing clients who have been defrauded by their insurance agents, financial advisors, and/or stock brokers in insurance transactions involving:
  • Viatical Settlements;
  • Life Settlements; and
  • Stranger Originated Life Insurance or (“STOLI”) transactions.
 
We are now seeing more and more stockbrokers and financial advisors suggesting their clients purchase large universal life insurance policies with the promise of a big profit on resale after the two-year contestability period passes. There is a promise that the profit from the sale would not only cover the premiums, but would put a profit in the insured’s pocket with enough money to purchase another policy, and do it all over again. Unfortunately, these brokers are over promising and grossly over representing the legality and liquidity of the resale of the insurance policy, especially when it was purchased for the sole purpose of reselling. Part of this alleged scam may include falsifying medical records. We have seen many similar violations with respect to life settlements and STOLI transactions.
If you or a family member have become victims of this alleged fraud, contact an insurance fraud attorney for a free consultation on how to recover your investment losses.  To speak with an attorney, call 888-760-6552, or visit www.stockmarketlawsuit.com

We stand up and fight for the rights of consumers.

Representing Insurance Fraud Victims in Federal Court, State Court and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).

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Jan/11

17

Stranger Originated Life Insurance (STOLI)

Insurance Fraud Alert-

Stranger Originated Life Insurance or STOLI.

Brokers and financial advisors promising big profits on resale of universal life policies.

 Many stockbrokers and financial advisors are having their clients purchase large universal life insurance policies with the promise of a big profit on resale after the two year contestability period passes. There is a promise that the profit from the sale would not only cover the premiums but would put a profit in the insured’s pocket with enough money to purchase another policy and do it all over again. Unfortunately, these brokers are over promising and grossly over representing the legality and liquidity of the resale of the insurance policy especially when it was purchased for the sole purpose of reselling. 

Another common insurance scam facilitated by ignorant or greedy stockbrokers or financial advisors is the Stranger Originated Life Insurance or (“STOLI”) life insurance transaction. STOLI’S are heavily regulated transactions where a lot of illegality can take place if not executed correctly. Many states have made laws or are making laws prohibiting STOLI transactions. STOLI policies are life insurance policies where an insurance investor has their client (usually an elderly person) put their name as the beneficiary on the life insurance policy even though the insurance investor has no insurable interest in their client. This means that the insurance investor is not a relative and is only making the STOLI transaction in order to make money off of the insured person after they die.

STOLI transactions are marketed towards the elderly, especially the elderly who may not live much longer. These insurance investments are generally held for the two year contestability period then resold on the market. Many stockbrokers and financial advisors have been getting involved in the sale of life insurance due to the excessive commissions generated off of universal life insurance policies. Investors who probably don’t need life insurance are being pressured into purchasing these policies and listing the insurance investors as the beneficiaries. The elderly may be “wined and dined” by the insurance investor and told that they can get a cash bonus by making the STOLI transaction. Unfortunately, seniors are often times unaware that they have to pay taxes on the cash bonus and could be charged with theft by agreeing to the transaction. Also, STOLI transactions may make it harder for seniors from getting other life insurance in the future.

In addition, STOLI policies can be bought and sold to more than one person so many insurance investors are, in a sense, wagering on someone’s death.

If you purchased a STOLI or a viatical investment or your broker convinced you to purchase a universal life insurance policy for the purpose of reselling it you may be able to bring a legal claim for recovery of your money. For more information call Soreide Law Group at 1- (888) 760-6552 or visit www.stockmarketlawsuit.com.

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