Des Moines Woman Accused Of Selling Fake Insurance Policies
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 agentâ€™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-Beattieâ€™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-Beattieâ€™s company is headquartered in her home in Des Moines, WA.
To read the entire cease-and-desist order, click here.