SECOND AGENT WITH BECK INSURANCE
AGENCY SUSPENDED FOR AIDING AND ABETTING UNLICENSED INSURANCE SALES AND
In another case
involving the John Beck Insurance agency in Jacksonville, the Florida Department
of Financial Services has suspended the insurance license of Anna Mack, for
aiding and abetting an unlicensed person in the sale of insurance and for
selling an insurance customer a non-insurance product without the customer’s
informed consent, known as "sliding."
“Insurance agents who sell coverage without a license or sell coverage from an
unlicensed insurance company jeopardize their customers’ insurance,” said Chief
Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees the department. “We will hold
these agents accountable for their actions, to protect Florida’s consumers.”
Investigators obtained evidence that Mack, 34, 8726 Atlantic Blvd., allowed an
unlicensed employee of the insurance agency to transact insurance business with
a customer. The investigation also revealed that a customer was tricked into
unknowingly purchasing a product besides the insurance policy, in this case a
“towing and rental contract,” at an additional charge. This offense, known as
“sliding,” is considered an unfair and deceptive business practice. Mack was
also found to have sold products outside the scope of her license authority.
Based on this investigation, the department filed an administrative complaint,
and administrative hearings were held in February and March of 2004. Following
the proceedings, the department suspended the insurance license of Mack for one
year, followed by a two-year probation.
For more than three years, the department has conducted a statewide public
education campaign urging Floridians to verify that they are dealing with a
licensed insurance agent and company. Consumers can call the department’s
toll-free consumer helpline at 1-800-342-2762 to “Verify Before You Buy.”
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