Volume 4 Number 26
June 29, 2007

FORMER INSURANCE AGENT SERVED WARRANT IN JAIL ON ORGANIZED FRAUD CHARGES

A Lake County man, already in jail, was served a warrant on Thursday charging him with organized fraud stemming from allegations that he sold payroll and workers’ compensation insurance products that he was not licensed to sell.

Courtney Pleasant, 27, was served the warrant while incarcerated at the Lake County Jail on unrelated charges. Pleasant, whose license was revoked last September, formerly operated Legendary Insurance & Financial Services, located at 2222 W Main St. in Leesburg.

Pleasant had been licensed to sell life and health insurance products, but represented and promised to provide payroll services and provide workers' compensation insurance products that he was not licensed or authorized to provide. An investigation by the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, revealed that along with not providing workers' compensation coverage, Pleasant failed to forward the withheld taxes and kept the money for himself. Pleasant withheld over $16,000 in taxes and $2,800 in workers' compensation and administration fees. Once it was determined that Pleasant had not paid the required taxes, the victims were responsible to not only pay the taxes owed, but also pay penalties and interest assessed.

Pleasant was previously arrested on April 14, 2006, and June 9, 2006, for a scheme to defraud and 18 other counts of theft, forgery, and fraud. He was convicted of these charges and sentenced to two years community control, 15 years probation with a 10-year suspended sentence, and was ordered to pay restitution. Since that sentencing, Pleasant violated the conditions of his probation with unrelated criminal charges and remains incarcerated at the Lake County Jail.

The charges against Pleasant are being prosecuted in Lake County by the State Attorney's Office, 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates fraud in all types of insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers’ compensation. To report information about this case or any other possible insurance fraud case, call the department’s fraud hotline at 1-800-378-0445. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading to a conviction.