Commissioner Steve Poizner announced today that Shawn Rene Dodd, 43, of
Bakersfield, was arrested on Wednesday, and charged with uncertified
practice of medicine, making false or fraudulent insurance claims,
money laundering, commission of a felony while on bail and selling
stocks without a license. Dodd's bail was set at $1,000,000. If
convicted, she could face a maximum of nine years four months in prison
for these charges.
"I will not tolerate those who abuse the insurance system to
satisfy their own greed," said Commissioner Poizner. "CDI experts are
quick to stop anyone who attempts to scam insurance companies and drive
up the cost of insurance for all consumers."
Since her previous arrest in 2007,
Dodd allegedly continued to operate medical corporations, which were
used to fraudulently bill insurance carriers. At one point, insurers
were billed for medical services reportedly rendered when there were no
doctors present. It is alleged that Dodd attempted to defraud insurance
companies of at least $100,000. The California Department of Insurance
and the Kern County District Attorney's Office jointly investigated
Dodd allegedly operated these fraudulent companies while on $500,000
bail for previous felony charges. In January 2007, Dodd was charged
with felony insurance fraud, workers compensation insurance fraud, tax
evasion and money laundering. She was released from Kern County Jail
and remained free on bail until her arrest on Wednesday.
The Kern County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting this case.
Commissioner Poizner oversees sixteen CDI Enforcement Branch
regional offices throughout the state. Close to 1900 insurance
fraud-related arrests have been made by the Department of Insurance's
Enforcement Branch since Commissioner Poizner took office in 2007 –
more arrests than have been made during any other two year period,
under any previous insurance commissioner.
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