COLUMBUS — Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced today that the Ohio Department of Insurance revoked the license of surety bail bond agent Robert Robb, of Cincinnati, for conducting business that violated Ohio’s insurance laws. Robb was also assessed a $5,000 civil penalty.
An investigation by the Ohio Department of Insurance found that Robb, from February to April 2014, illegally used the solicitation and negotiation services of an unlicensed bail bond agent - his mother Debra Henneke - to post bond for four clients. The department revoked Henneke’s surety bail bond agent license in 2010, prohibiting her to work in the insurance business in any capacity and at that time, Robb took over the family business. Accepting insurance business from an unlicensed person violates Ohio insurance law. In December 2013, Robb received a two-month agent license suspension for the same offense.
“This individual has not met the standard of conduct expected of an Ohio bail bond professional,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “The department takes these actions seriously and will not tolerate those who intentionally and continually violate the law.”
A surety bond is an agreement made between one or more persons and a bond agent where the bond agent agrees to post the necessary bail so that a defendant can be released from jail. An insurance company contract backs the agreement which is signed by the person or persons and the bond agent on behalf of the insurance company. In order to be authorized to do the business of a surety bail bond agent in Ohio, a person must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Ohioans who suspect insurance fraud or professional misconduct should call the Ohio Department of Insurance fraud hotline at 800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.