INSURANCE AGENT LOSES LICENSE, MUST PAY $90,000 FINE
Misrepresentation and forgery earned agent thousands in commissions
An insurance agent who misled at least 35 customers, including several senior citizens, in the sale of annuities and forged their signatures to cover his tracks has had his license revoked and has been ordered to pay a $90,000 fine.
Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer, last week ordered Clinton Mitchell Alford’s insurance licenses revoked after a formal hearing ended with a Division of Administrative Hearings judge recommending license revocation. The action follows Alford’s arrest in August on one count of scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony, and one count of uttering a forged instrument, a third-degree felony. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted on the criminal charges.
To conceal his misrepresentations, Alford forged customer signatures and falsified documents sent to the carrier, Lincoln Benefit Life (LBL), as well as those returning to the consumer from LBL. Alford earned commissions ranging from $1,300 to $36,000 on the sale of the annuities, earning well over $125,000 in commissions. LBL agreed to honor the terms under which the customers thought they had bought the annuity products.