For Immediate Release
February 23, 2012
Catherine L. Bernhard, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Insurance Fraud Unit Prosecutor
Consumer Protection and Anti Trust Bureau
(603) 271-2898 or (603) 271-7973 x 235
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny announce today that Lynn MacDonald of Londonderry, NH pleaded guilty in the 10th Circuit Court, Derry District Court, to forging an insurance certificate in August of 2011. Ms. MacDonald pleaded guilty to submitting a false insurance certificate to Northeast Utilities Service Co. when she was negotiating a contract to perform a training session for Northeast Utilities employees.
This matter was investigated by the NH Insurance Department Fraud Unit, based on a complaint against Ms. MacDonald received from Insurance Solutions Inc. of Plaistow, NH. Insurance Solutions, Inc. was listed as the licensed producer on the forged insurance certificate. Insurance Solutions was contacted by Northeast Utilities to confirm the insurance coverage listed on the certificate. After review, Insurance Solutions determined the certificate was not authentic. Ms. MacDonald had not had the coverage listed on the false certificate since 2002. Ms. MacDonald pleaded guilty to a violation level offense and paid a fine plus penalty assessment totaling $930.00. The prosecution was the result of collaboration between the Attorney General's Office and the NH Insurance Department Fraud Unit. The Fraud Unit was formed under RSA 417 to investigate and prosecute Insurance Fraud and other insurance-related criminal activity with the assistance of the NH Department of Justice.
An insurance certificate is commonly required in business transactions in order to certify that a service provider has liability or other insurance coverage. The insurance certificate identifies the name of the producer issuing the certificate, the name of the insurance company that issued the policy, and gives a summary of the type of insurance and policy limits in place on the date that the certificate is issued. When in doubt, businesses and consumers alike are advised to contact the producer or the insurance company directly to verify the accuracy of the information included in any insurance certificate.
Further information about insurance certificates for consumers and businesses is available at the NH Insurance Department website, www.nh.gov/insurance.
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