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OFIR Suspends License of Traverse City Insurance Agent for Misappropriating $500,000 from Elderly Woman
OFIR investigation finds William Lowder used funds from unauthorized transactions for personal use
March 26, 2012
LANSING - The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) has suspended the insurance license of William Lowder, a Traverse City independent agent.
An OFIR investigation found that from 2006-2008, Lowder befriended a Traverse City-area elderly woman and made more than a dozen unauthorized financial transactions totaling nearly $500,000 from her annuity and money market accounts. OFIR found that Lowder comingled these funds with his own bank accounts and used the money for cash gifts to his wife, to fund his personal trust account, and to pay his personal and business expenses.
“OFIR will continue to aggressively fight to protect Michigan seniors from financial abuse,” said Commissioner Kevin Clinton. “Any consumer who had a financial relationship with Lowder should contact us immediately.”
Michigan consumers can contact OFIR on the agency’s toll-free hotline at 877-999-6442.
OFIR has handed the results of its investigation over to the proper law enforcement agencies.
OFIR’s Elder Abuse Prevention Programs
To view OFIR’s suspension order, visit: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Lowder_William_E._-_Summary_Suspension_EB_redacted_380170_7.pdf
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