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The Louisiana Department of Insurance had suspended the license of a New Orleans public adjuster accused of fraudulently endorsing checks from insurance companies and keeping the money.

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  • On: 08/11/2022 15:58:12
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LDI's Office of Insurance Fraud and Enforcement on July 22 issued a cease-and-desist order to Kade Austen Mitchell and his company Mitchell Adjusting International.

The Insurance Department said in a press release that Mitchell fraudulent endorsed checks totaling $150,000 from an insurance company and failed to remit the funds to the insured. On another occasion, Mitchell withheld a $117,441.43 insurance claim payment from a policyholder, the office said.

“Louisiana policyholders put great trust in the public adjusters they hire to handle their claims after a loss and deserve to have that trust honored,” stated Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. “This sort of behavior will not be tolerated in the Louisiana insurance market.”

The department said Mitchell was licensed in Louisiana as a public adjuster on Dec. 10, 2020. The company's website says it is headquartered in New Orleans and has an office in Clear Lake Shores, Texas.

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