Baton Rouge- A former Metairie insurance agent was arrested today in the latest
investigation of alleged insurance fraud across the state, acting Louisiana Insurance
Commissioner Robert Wooley has confirmed.
Rodney Tilton Loar, 43, of the "A First Metro Agencies" of Metairie, 9031
E. Airline Highway, Metairie, was arrested today in the wake of a collaborative
effort conducted by the La. Department of Insurance Fraud Section and the La. State
Police Insurance Fraud Unit on a warrant issued in Jefferson Parish. He was charged
with forgery, theft, misrepresentation of himself as an insurance agent, and misappropriation
of premium funds. In subsequent action, Department of Insurance Fraud Unit investigators
served Loar and "A First Metro Agencies" of Metairie with Cease and Desist
orders. "The suspect is alleged to have been accepting insurance premiums without
a license and pocketing the money," said Wooley.
A life and health insurance license was first issued to Rodney Tilton Loar in 1987,
and a property and casualty license was issued in his name in 1997.
Today's arrest is one of a series in the past several months involving the Department
of Insurance and the State Police Insurance Fraud Task Force. "We expect to
make more arrests in the coming months as we continue our anti-fraud activities
across the state," Wooley said.
"The cooperation of the insurance industry as well as local law enforcement
is key to
halting fraud and providing maximum protection to policyholders who are victims
of all types of insurance fraud," Wooley said. "Insurance agents, company
officials and other insurance industry professionals are required by law to report
all suspected fraudulent insurance activity to the Department of Insurance."
Policyholders who bought insurance from Rodney Tilton Loar and the A First Metro
Agencies of Metairie should call their insurance company directly if they have concerns
about their insurance coverage. Anyone who has trouble reaching the insurance company
can call the Louisiana Department of Insurance, at (225) 342-5900, or toll-free,
at 1-800-259-5300, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays for assistance.