Donelon Obtains Court Order Against Insurer and Agent for
Alleged Sale of Unauthorized Insurance
Released: November 21, 2006
Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon announced today that his office obtained an
order from the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge to stop the alleged sale
of unauthorized commercial insurance by United Assurance Company, Ltd. its agent,
AA Communications, Inc., and its employees James E. Zoucha, Cong Li and Gwen Moyo.
United Assurance and AA Communications, with offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans,
were investigated by Donelon pursuant to a complaint filed with the Department of
Insurance for the sale of a performance bond, a payment bond and a bid bond to a
Louisiana construction company. The Department of Insurance investigation revealed
that United Assurance, through its agent, AA Communications, sold the insurance
products without a license to conduct business in Louisiana as required by the Insurance
The performance and payment bonds were issued on August 23, 2006, both in the amount
of $6,630,000 ($13.26 million total). The bid bond was issued on August 3, 2006
in the amount of $350,000. The construction company paid premiums on the bonds totaling
$321,555. When construction company representatives were told the bonds were rejected
because United Assurance was not licensed to do business in Louisiana, those company
reps asked for their $321,555 in premiums to be returned. When United Assurance
refused, the construction company representatives filed a complaint with the Commissioner's
office on October 18, 2006 against AA Communications and United Assurance, requesting
a full refund of the premium paid for the bonds.
Based on the preliminary evidence submitted by Donelon, the court executed an order
authorizing the Department of Insurance to seize all bank accounts, records and
any other documents pertaining to the unauthorized sale of insurance in Louisiana.
A hearing in the matter is scheduled on January 22, 2007 before Judge Don Johnson.
Donelon requests that any person who may have purchased insurance from United Assurance
or through its agent, AA Communications, contact Kathlee Hennigan with the Department
of Insurance, at 1-800-259-5300 or in Baton Rouge at 225-342-5900.