LANSING — Attorney General Dana Vessel and the Michigan Department of Financial Services (DIFS) today declared multiple law-breaking charges against a Flint man for marketing dishonest car insurance certificates to his clients.
Dillon Leonard, 24, is charged with four counts of selling counterfeit insurance certificates and one count of utilizing a PC to commit a criminal offense. Marketing counterfeit insurance certificates is a felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Utilizing a computer to commit a crime is additionally a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
Leonard was arraigned on complaints Wednesday in Genesee County’s 67th District Court. Leonard allegedly marketed or offered customers dishonest certificates of insurance that was perceived to be legitimate and knew that his customers were presenting the documents to the Secretary of State as insurance to acquire or renew their vehicle registrations. In July 2016, Leonard reportedly sold a minimum of twenty-nine of the fraudulent certificates.
“The professionals at the Department of Insurance and Financial Services share my concern for safeguarding Michiganders from fraudulent activities, and I’m grateful for the partnership between our 2 offices,” Vessel said. “There are lots of dangerous actors who can attempt to make the most of unsuspecting victims, and my office will stay actively engaged in our duties to safeguard against those activities and prosecute people who break our laws.”
The case was brought up to the Attorney General’s office by DIFS when the department received a grievance concerning Leonard’s alleged misconduct.
“Selling and utilizing dishonest insurance certificates is a felony and DIFS and also the Attorney General will still pursue these investigations to guard Michigan consumers,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “There isn’t any right time for Michiganders who risked driving without insurance to acquire coverage. Michigan’s new motor vehicle insurance law provides new, lower price coverage options, and, for a restricted time, insurers cannot punish drivers for having been uninsured.”
Leonard is scheduled for a probable cause conference at eleven a.m. Sept. 17 before Judge Christopher Odette in Genesee County District Court.