Buckeye State agents who took continuing education classes from a suspended vendor may have to get new CE credits – and may face disciplinary action.
The Ohio Department of Insurance says the vendor, Professional Education Corp., Hamilton, Ohio, no longer has authority to conduct pre-licensing and continuing education classes for Ohio insurance applicants and agents.
Department investigators went undercover and found that the owner of the firm was giving agents who took his classes the answers to the proficiency tests, department officials say.
The owner, George Armstrong, has admitted that the allegations against him were true, and he has agreed to the revocation of his education provider contract and voluntarily agreed to surrender his Ohio insurance licenses, officials say.
Armstrong and Professional Educational Corp. could not immediately be reached for comment.
Ohio officials say the investigation was conducted from 2006 to 2008.
Agents who took continuing education courses from the firm during that period “could be required to take additional continuing education in the near future as credits submitted by Armstrong from 2006 through 2008 may be deemed null and void,” department officials warn.
“Those agents may additionally face administrative action being taken against their license, as they failed to complete continuing education as required, and engaged in a fraudulent and dishonest practice,” officials say. “Insurance agents impacted will be notified by mail of any administrative action they may face.”