By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
Michigan officials warn people to be aware of an auto insurance scam going on in the state.
The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) warns drivers that they may have unknowingly purchased fraudulent automobile insurance certificates from an unlicensed individual reportedly issued through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid.
An OFIR investigation found that Mervin Graber, an unlicensed individual, was selling bogus policies through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid. OFIR ordered Graber and Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid to cease and desist from conducting unlicensed and fraudulent insurance activity.
"Any driver who purchased fake auto insurance from Mervin Graber needs to purchase legitimate coverage immediately," OFIR Commissioner Kevin Clinton said. "Right now they're driving without insurance."
Drivers are urged to contact OFIR toll-free at 877-999-6442 if they believe they may have bought a fraudulent policy from Graber. OFIR can assist consumers in determining whether they have proper auto coverage.
All insurance producers (agents) and agencies in Michigan are required to be licensed to sell insurance and all insurance companies must be authorized to write in Michigan. Consumers are advised to check to see if an insurance agent, agency and insurance company are properly licensed to do business in Michigan by visiting: www.michigan.gov/lara/0,1607,7-154-10555_13251_13262---,00.html
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