Commissioner Donelon Urges Insurers To Extend Hurricane
Katrina/Rita Claims Prescription
Released: May 16, 2006
Pineville - A former Pineville insurance agent has been issued a cease and desist
order for allegedly misappropriating insurance premiums.
Donelon said a Louisiana policyholder's right to file suit on a homeowners insurance
claim is limited to 12 months in most cases. "Given the unprecedented number
of claims following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, one year is simply not going to
be enough time for many policyholders and insurance companies to work out a settlement
that is in the best interest of both," Donelon said.
Pamela Carol Lee, 39, was ordered to cease and desist from engaging in the business
of insurance by Department of Insurance Fraud Unit Investigators.
Lee was terminated in January 2005 from the agency with which she was employed for
allegedly accepting cash payments from customers for the purchase of various insurance
products and then failing to remit those payments in a timely manner. It is further
alleged that Lee kept the premium money for her personal use and later made an attempt
to replace those monies. She is also charged with failing to remit premiums for
three policy applications that were submitted to her.
Department of Insurance records list Lee's residence and business address as 101Ridgecrest
Drive, Pineville. She held a property and casualty insurance license from March
1999 until May 1, 2005; and a Life and Health license from May 2005 until May 1,
Commissioner Donelon urges consumers who feel uneasy about any insurance-related
transaction to call the Department of Insurance Fraud Unit at 225-342-4956 or1-800-259-5300.
If callers don�t want their names used, they can request that their involvement
be kept confidential.