LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross insurance agent accused of defrauding numerous clients likely obtained his license illegally in the first place.
Thirty-year-old Mableton resident Juan Pablo Navas was arrested last week following an investigation by the office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. Charged with six counts of insurance fraud, four counts of forgery and three counts of financial transaction card fraud, Navas is in trouble for his alleged actions while working for a Norcross office of Velox Insurance Agency.
He reportedly kept the premiums paid to him for insurance coverage.
"Numerous clients of the agency complained that they were getting cancellation notices from their insurers, claiming lack of payment for automobile policies and workers' compensation coverage though the clients had paid their premiums directly to Navas and received paperwork verifying coverage," a news release said.
Navas was detained in Cobb County on Thursday before being transferred to the Gwinnett County jail -- where the case grew more intricate.
Detention center records show immigration officials placed a detainer on Navas, listed as a native of Guatemala. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the Daily Post he could not comment on the details of specific cases; that said, holds are typically placed only in the arrests of undocumented immigrants.
The documents Navas used to obtain an insurance license -- which enabled him to defraud clients -- were likely fraudulent themselves.
"When he was licensed back in 2009, documentation was presented to us and affidavits were signed by him, which all agents have to, that allowed him to receive a Georgia insurance license," said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the insurance commissioner's office. "Whether or not he falsified any documents, we still don't know for sure."
Those hoping for Georgia insurance licenses are required to use a driver's license, military or state ID card, passport or permanent resident card (as well as several other, more obscure options) to submit their application.
Navas is being held without bond.
Anyone who believes they may have purchased insurance from Navas is encouraged to call 404-656-2070. The insurance commissioner's office had representatives at Velox all day Monday and Tuesday to meet with potential victims.
"Our investigation turned up numerous victims of this scam and we expect for additional charges to be filed," Hudgens said in a statement. "Velox Insurance has made good on all the missing payments, so their clients now have the coverage they paid for."