State Insurance Commissioner Warns Against Fraudulent Health Insurance Policies

David Mannis (802)-828-4872
Fri, 05/06/2011

The Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration is warning Vermonters to watch out for fraudulent companies and individuals claiming to be health insurers or agents of health insurers who take the money of unwary consumers but do not pay claims.

“We have received complaints from people here in Vermont and uncovered twenty-five apparently related companies and individuals, operating here and in other states or overseas, who offer health insurance coverage but don’t step up when it’s time to pay a claim,” said Commissioner Stephen Kimbell. “We are taking steps to stop them,” he said, but warned consumers to be vigilant. “These policies are often sold through professional-looking websites claiming that a person just has to join a certain association to get insured,” said Kimbell. “I urge everyone to do research before buying insurance from an unknown company, especially one that advertises only on the internet or by unsolicited e-mails or faxes. If you’re in doubt, call us.”

The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) today issued an order requiring the cited companies and individuals to stop selling insurance in Vermont. A list of cited companies and individuals is included in this release and is available at the BISHCA website under “press releases” and “orders.”

List of Companies Named in Today’s Cease and Desist Order

Companies that sold illegal insurance to Vermont residents

  • UNITED STATE CONTRACTORS TRUST
  • METROPOLITAN BUSINESS ALLIANCE, LLC d/b/a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
  • BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
  • CEO CLUBS, INC.

Other Companies

  • AMERICAN TRADEASSOCIATION, LTD a/k/a ATA
  • REAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATION a/k/a RBA
  • SERVE AMERICA ASSURANCE, LTD
  • WORLDWIDE FAMILY BENEFITS ASSOCIATION, INC.
  • INTEGRATED INSURANCE MARKETING, INC d/b/a AIM HEALTH PLANS, INC.
  • BEEMA-PAKISTAN COMPANY LIMITED d/b/a BEEMA INSURANCE COMPANY d/b/a
  • BEEMA INSURANCE COMPANY-PAKISTAN d/b/a BEEMA-PAKISTAN, LTD
  • HUDSON VALLEY CONSULTANTS, LLC d/b/a CEO CLUBS BENEFITS
  • REAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATION, LLC
  • SOUTHEAST INSURANCE ADVISORS, LLC
  • INSURANCE RESOURCE GROUP
  • WILSHARE HOLDING, LLC
  • VIKING ADMINISTRATORS, LLC
  • ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MANAGERS
  • STAR GROUP/PHOENIX INSURANCE COMPANY
  • UNITED STATES CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
  • VENTURE SUPPORT GROUP, LLC
  • AMERICANS FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, INC
  • SPENCER & ASSOCIATES, LLC
  • PINNACLE HEALTH SOLUTIONS
  • SMART DATA SOLUTIONS, LLC

Individuals

  • WILLIAM M. WORTHY, II
  • COLIN JACK YOUELL
  • MIRZA SHAHNAWAZ AGHA
  • MIRZA ZAHEER "ZEKE" AGHA
  • SAIFUDDIN AHMED
  • CHRISTOPHER ASHIOTES
  • RICHARD H. BACHMAN
  • JOE BENEDETTO
  • KATHLEEN D. CAUTHEN
  • WALTER R. CECCHINI JR.
  • DAVID L. CLARK
  • LOUIS DELUCA
  • JAMES M. DOYLE
  • KEVIN R. DUNN
  • RICHARD DUNN
  • GARY L. KARNS, JR.
  • ARNOLD H. KATZ
  • LINDA KIRKPATRICK
  • OBED KIRKPATRICK
  • JASON WINGROVE
  • JOHN MILLER
  • JOSEPH MANCUSO
  • DAVID L. NELLSON a/k/a DAVIS L. NELLSON a/k/a DAVID NELSON
  • PAUL OLZESKI
  • ANGIE POSEY
  • BART S. POSEY SR.
  • DAVID BRIAN RUTSTEIN
  • MICHAEL SCHULTZ
  • THOMAS J. SULLIVAN
  • PETER WALSH

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