Released: April 23, 2008
A Baton Rouge bail bond agent has been arrested, issued a cease and
desist order, summary suspension and fine notice today for allegedly
conducting business as a bail bondsman while unlicensed. The agent and
company he represented while acting as a bail bondsman was also issued
a cease and desist order, summary suspension and fine notice.
Michael W. Whatley, 50, was arrested by Louisiana State Police today
and served with a cease and desist order, summary suspension and $5,000
fine notice by Department of Insurance Fraud Section Investigators for
allegedly acting as a bail bondsman on 15 documented cases between May
2005 and May 2007, during which time his license was lapsed.
Fraud Section Investigators
also issued a C&D, summary suspension
and $5,000 fine notice to Patricia A. Anderson, 71, of Anderson Bonding
Company for allowing Whatley to issue bail bonds on behalf of the company
on 15 documented cases while unlicensed.
Department records show that
Whatley was issued an Individual Producer license in April 1987, which
lapsed in May 2005 and was not reinstated
until May 2007. Patricia A. Anderson held an Individual Producer license
from September 1987 until today’s action.
Donelon urges consumers who feel uneasy about any insurance related
transaction to call the Department of Insurance Fraud Section
at 225-342-4956 or
1-800-259-5300. If callers do not want their names used, they can request
that their involvement be kept confidential.