Redding insurance agent arrested for theft, supplying bogus insurance certificates

Dec 12, 2013 2:07 PM

64-year-old Rodger Edward Winkler was arrested by Shasta County District Attorney Investigators and charged with numerous felonies, according to the California Department of Insurance. The charges include grand theft, insurance fraud, and petty theft for allegedly collecting insurance premiums from clients and issuing fraudulent insurance certificates.

“Winkler’s crimes are particularly offensive because he potentially victimized consumers twice, said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “When Winkler stole premiums from consumers and issued bogus insurance certificates, he left them vulnerable to additional loss because they actually did not have coverage for their car, home or business.”

Shasta County D.A. Investigators found Winkler had collected more than $6,000 from clients for workers’ compensation, general liability, and commercial automobile insurance coverage. He also allegedly failed to forward the premiums, which exposed his clients to the risk of uncovered loss.

The California Department of Insurance received several requests from consumers who claimed after paying Winkler for coverage they did not receive the coverage they were promised. According to the department’s press release, two of the consumers contacted insurance companies when they failed to receive their policies and were told their policies were cancelled for non-payment of their premiums. Other victims told the department they found out the certificates were fraudulent and received confirmation from insurance companies after they paid for and received certificates from Winkler.

The department has already taken steps to suspend Winkler’s license. They are also asking anyone who purchased insurance from Winkler and find they do not have legitimate coverage to contact the Consumer Hotline at (800) 927-4357.

Winkler is currently out on $50,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on January 6.


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