COLUMBUS — Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced a Department investigation led to a prison sentence for former insurance agent Alexis Prokup, of Perrysburg, Ohio.
Department of Insurance investigators found that Prokup submitted more than 20 fictitious policy applications to American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC). She used the identities of family members, netting more than $12,000 in fraudulently obtained advanced commissions from AFLAC.
“Insurance fraud absolutely will not be tolerated in the State of Ohio,” Taylor said. “Even though Ohio has some of the lowest insurance rates in the country, fraud is an economic drain that makes coverage more expensive for everyone. Combating insurance fraud is a top priority at the Department.”
Prokup pled guilty to one count of theft on June 9, 2011 in Perrysburg Municipal Court. She was sentenced to180-days in jail (suspended), 18-months of community control, and ordered to pay restitution to AFLAC. Prokup, previously surrendered her Ohio resident insurance agent license to the Department on July 7, 2010.
The Department operates the Take Action: Protect Yourself from Fraud initiative that educates consumers about insurance and investment fraud. Ohioans can visit www.takeaction.ohio.gov to read the Take Action Consumer Guide, and to stay informed on the latest fraud news and alerts.
Consumers with specific insurance questions and complaints can call the Department’s consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526. Ohioans who believe an agent is committing fraud should call the Department’s fraud hotline, 1-800-686-1527. Information about agent fraud and misconduct can be found on the Department’s web site, www.insurance.ohio.gov.