Wednesday, June 10, 2009


California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that former insurance agent Edgar Agaronian, 31, of Burbank, was recently convicted of grand theft. Agaronian will return to court for sentencing on June 30.

According to CDI investigators, in June 2006, former life insurance agent Agaronian received at least $2,729 in advance commissions from the submission of four fraudulent life insurance applications to a life insurance company. Each application contained false information, including forged signatures on bank draft authorization forms for monthly withdrawal of premiums from the applicants' bank accounts, and voided checks. Agaronian had obtained valid information and voided checks that belonged to four individuals for insurance transactions that had occurred four to five years before he submitted the fraudulent applications.

The CDI investigation determined that none of the four policyholders had knowledge of the false applications submitted by Agaronian or the issuance of the resulting policies. When the life insurance company discovered that the information on the voided checks did not match the information on the accompanying applications, they immediately ceased issuing policies for applications submitted by Agaronian. The company filed a complaint with CDI, and the department launched an investigation.

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