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Police: Insurance agent forged records

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Allstate spokeswoman says agency working with authorities

By Jeff Bryan

A local insurance salesman and business owner faces legal issues after a month-long investigation wrapped up last Thursday, with the defendant being led out of his office in handcuffs.

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Kevin Day was charged with, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit, one count of criminal use of personal identification information and two counts of uttering a forged instrument. The 46-year-old was booked into the Marion County Jail. He posted bond the same day; his bail was set at $6,000.

Allstate Insurance Company has been made aware of the allegations in this case, according to a spokeswoman.

“We will cooperate fully with law enforcement during their investigation,” said Cathy Mayo, field corporate relations manager for the Florida Region.

“Our primary focus is on continuing to serve and protect our customers.”

Allstate customers with questions about their insurance policy can contact another local Allstate agent or call 1-800-ALLSTATE, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, she added.

According to the report, Officer Eldon Raines launched an investigation Dec. 11 after Day’s former employer told authorities Day had forged documents stating a client was providing him with $100,000 to start his own insurance business after they had refused to sell them their business. The employer said she found documents on a computer Day had used in their office.

The business owner provided copies of bank statements belonging to the victim and a pair of letters (dated March 13, 2017, and June 6, 2017) signed with the victim’s name, which both stated he intended to gift Day $100,000 for an insurance business venture. Documents signed with Day’s name stated he possessed $100,000 in liquid assets as required by Allstate in order to open a business.

The employer then contacted the victim, who advised he most certainly did not sign the alleged documents and he never agreed to help Day financially open a business, the report stated.

Officer Raines visited with the victim Dec. 12, who reviewed copies of the documents in question, according to the report. The victim stated he was not aware of the documents and did not sign them. The victim signed a consent to intercept communications agreement and then called Day.

The victim confronted Day about the documents to which Day dismissed the victim’s concerns and changed the subject, the report stated.

After several persistent attempts by the victim questioning Day about the signed documents, according to the report, Day said he himself, “absolutely could have been me, because I signed a lot of stuff with you, OK?”

The victim then signed his name several times as demonstration for Officer Raines, who found it did not match the signature on the documents, the report stated. When comparing the signature on the documents in question with Day’s signature, Raines found multiple distinct similarities.

According to the report, on Jan. 5, Officer Raines served Allstate Insurance corporate offices with a subpoena for copies of any documents submitted by Day referencing the victim. Allstate responded Jan. 17 with documents that matched those discovered by Day’s former employer. The documents Allstate provided were:

* A letter promising $100,000 to Day, dated March 3, 2017, and signed with the victim’s name.

* A letter promising $100,000 to Day, dated June 6, 2017, and signed with the victim’s name.

* Several bank statements belonging to the victim from multiple banks showing account balances and transactions.

Officer Raines on Jan. 18 made contact with Day at 20170 E. Pennsylvania Ave., where he was placed under arrest and transported to the Dunnellon Police Department, the report stated. There, Day was advised of his Miranda Rights, he made some admissions to his responsibility for these documents and did not deny that he signed the victim’s name.