- Illinois Public Adjuster was denied licensure for giving false information on his six (6) consecutive renewal applications from 2007 through 2014
In this matter our client was given notice of intent to deny his license in 2014 for his failure to report that he plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle in 1992 and to a misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle in 1993 while on probation. The charges from the Department of Insurance alleged that on his public adjuster renewal applications for the renewal periods of May 25, 2007 to May 25, 2013 he answered "no" to the question asking: "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" Furthermore, on his renewal application dated March 4, 2014 he answered "no" as well. As a result out firm prepared mitigation for the Board but his March 4, 2014 renewal application was still denied. Our firm then requested a hearing that was conducted on October 6, 2014 at the Department of Insurance. At the hearing our firm presented evidence of mitigation and cross-examined the Department’s witnesses regarding the difficulty in understanding the renewal application and its changes in form over the years between 2007 and 2014. After deliberation it was confirmed by the Department of Insurance and signed off by Acting Director, James A. Stephans that our client could obtain his license with a reasonable civil penalty.