Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Gwinnett Daily Post
A Gwinnett County man accused of writing bogus insurance policies out of his house is now barred from doing business in Georgia.
Insurance Commission Ralph Hudgens announced Tuesday that John Paul Kill, 63, of Norcross has signed a consent order, voluntarily forfeiting his license to sell insurance in the state.
The investigation into Kill’s Appeal Insurance Agency, however, is continuing, the commissioner said in a news release.
The Norcross man was arrested in late July and charged with 10 counts of fraud, after Hudgens’ office determined that businesses in 10 states had been allegedly duped by the Kill’s business, which he ran out of his house on Naylor Court. Officials have said Kill had no parent company and seemed to be planning to pay his customer’s claims out of his own pocket.
The problem, officials said, was his pockets weren’t that deep.
“There is a serious financial threat to consumers whenever you have a small operation like this, ran out of someone’s home without proper regulatory oversight,” Hudgens said at the time of Kill’s arrest. “Our investigation has turned up more than 750 potential victims of this scam and we expect for additional charges to be filed.”
The businesses “targeted” by Kill were commercial trucking and constructions companies, according to Hudgens.
Kill was released from the Gwinnett County jail the day of his arrest, July 24, on $24,000 bond.
Anyone who believes they received or were paying for a policy from Kill or Appeal Insurance Agency is urged to contact Hudgens’ office at 1-800-656-2298 and ask for the Fraud Division.