Local Insurance Company Accused of Defrauding Local Small Businesses
[From the Editor: After receiving this letter, we spoke to one other small business that confirmed the money they gave to Ford Insurance Agency for worker’s compensation insurance was never applied to a policy. Anecdotally, we have heard of others. The District Attorney’s Office will neither confirm nor deny they are working on a case against Ford Insurance.]
To the community,
Humboldt Redwood Healing, a lawfully organized and operating nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, contracted with John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency for the purchase of worker’s compensation insurance for its employees. After paying John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency the funds necessary to purchase worker’s compensation insurance, Humboldt Redwood Healing became aware that no insurance had been purchased for the company’s employees with the money that was provided to John Ford. After becoming aware that the money provided to John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency had not been used to purchase workers’ compensation insurance for the company’s employees, the company made a report to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
On October 21st 2016 a search of John Ford’s insurance company was conducted by the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. The matter is currently being investigated by Humboldt County District Attorney Investigator, Martin Morris. A civil complaint against John Ford has also been filed alleging breach of contract and embezzlement in violation of Penal Code section 503, 506 and 508.
If you, or your business, have or has purchased insurance from John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency you may want to confirm that you do, in fact, have insurance. If you have paid for insurance and have not received an insurance policy, please contact the Humboldt County District Attorney’s office at (707)445-7411, attention: Martin Morris so that the District Attorney’s office can fully investigate this matter and protect others that might similarly find that, despite paying John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency funds necessary for insurance, they do not have insurance for their company and/or their employees.
Thomas Mulder CEO/President
Humboldt Redwood Healing