Detroit man who offered pretend auto insurance on Fb pleads responsible
A Detroit man who sold fake insurance documents on Facebook pleaded guilty, say Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) director Anita Fox.
Last July, Anthony Johnson, 30, was charged with an undercover investigation by DIFS regulators: a charge of using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year crime; and four cases of possession of stolen or forged insurance certificates, five year crimes.
The departments alleged Johnson used Facebook to sell auto insurance, which apparently was handled through the 21st Century Insurance Company. Johnson offered a six-month policy for $ 150 and a one-year policy for $ 200.
A check at 21st Century found that the documents were fraudulent despite the use of the company logo. A search of the DIFS databases found that Johnson was not approved by the Michigan state to sell insurance.
Earlier this month, Johnson pleaded guilty in Wayne County Third District Court to Judge Chandra W. Baker: a charge of using a computer to commit a crime, a seven year felony; and
an insurance fraud count, a four year crime.
"Taking advantage of consumers' need for affordable insurance through counterfeit systems is a crime, and I appreciate the work between my office and the DIFS to achieve that admission of guilt," said Nessel. "While we will continue to hold those who break the law accountable, I also encourage people to educate themselves before buying any type of service that is advertised online."
Johnson's sentencing is scheduled for August 20 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Judge Baker.
"Buying and selling fraudulent insurance certificates can not only result in criminal penalties, it can also leave the driver uninsured in the event of an accident," said Fox. “This is a great time for uninsured drivers to take advantage of the new cheaper options under Michigan’s new Auto Insurance Act and get coverage before the January 1, 2022 amnesty period without paying increased premiums or penalties found at Michigan.gov / AutoInsurance. "