Des Moines Woman Accused Of Selling Fake Insurance Policies

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According to the State of Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC), one-time Des Moines insurance agent Brenda L. MacLaren-Beattie and The MacLaren Group have been accused of selling fake insurance policies and taking money.

MacLaren-Beattie and her company have been told to cease and desist immediately of practicing the following:

  • Transacting the unauthorized business of insurance in Washington
  • Acting or holding herself out to be a Washington insurance agent or broker
  • Trying to sell residents any product requiring an insurance license

According to the cease-and-desist oder, MacLaren-Beattie held a valid insurance agent’s license in the state until March 12th, and had been licensed in Washington since Aug. 25, 1997, but the license had expired and will not be renewed.

MacLaren-Beattie is accused of accepting premium payments without actually obtaining insurance, the OIC said.

The case is investigating eight complaints against MacLaren-Beattie. All are from area dentists or oral surgeons who thought they had purchased business coverage (represented as coming from Mutual of Enumclaw or Berkshire Hathaway) from her.

Authorities served a search warrant last Tuesday on MacLaren-Beattie’s office in Des Moines, and the investigation continues, according to a press release.

NOTE: The company named in the order, The MacLaren Group, is NOT related to companies by the same name in Canada and the United Kingdom. MacLaren-Beattie’s company is headquartered in her home in Des Moines, WA.

To read the entire cease-and-desist order, click here.

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