Change Company Accused of Paying Insurance Pocketing in Texas, Louisiana

TDI is asking the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings to revoke Andrew Joseph Mitchell’s probation and order him to pay restitution to the victims. The department says Mitchell forged property owners’ signatures on checks from insurance companies in order to deposit their paychecks into his bank account.

The department request SOAH lists seven victims, identified by their initials, and claims a total loss of $335,082.56.

Mitchell did business under the name Mitchell Adjusting International. The Louisiana Department of Insurance on July 22 suspended the license issued to his son, Kade Austen Mitchell, by Mitchell Adjusting International in Clear Lake Shores, Texas.

The Louisiana to take action It is said that Kade Mitchell made a signature on a check for $150,000 from National Insurance for New Hope Baptist Church in New Orleans. He said he also cashed another check for $117,441.43 sent by Jocelyn A. Hogan of Des Allemands and kept the entire amount, according to a restraining order the department issued to Mitchell and Mitchell International Adjusting.

Texas Department of Insurance spokesman Ben Gonzalez said the department is aware of the situation in Louisiana. The total amount stolen from the two counties now tops $600,000, but Gonzalez declined to say whether the department has turned the case over to prosecutors.

“We cannot discuss pending litigation,” he said in an email. “All I can say is that there are special leaflets about our administrative and criminal investigations.”

Records on the Texas SOAH website show that Andrew Joseph Mitchell – the father – changed his name from Andrew Joseph Aga on Dec. 5, 2019. On June 2, 2020, he became a licensed individual at Mitchell Adjusting International.

Mitchell, under the name Aga, received a Texas public adjuster license in 2011 and notified the department of the name change, SOAH records show.

Mitchell filed documents to form businesses called International Consulting Group, Texas Wind Consultants and Loss Consultants of Texas, according to TDI. There are no companies licensed to do insurance business in the state, TDI says.

The department requested SOAH to act on June 22. The request states that in 2019 and 2020 Mitchell paid seven checks from insurers that were made out to the plaintiffs by writing signatures. Metropolitan General Insurance Co. and Cypress Property and Casualty Insurance Co. filed a complaint with the Department of Insurance.

In one case, Mitchell sent two checks totaling more than $300,000 to a customer whose checks were bounced, but the checks were returned for insufficient funds, the petition states.

The department alleges that Mitchell misappropriated, altered to use and illegally concealed insurance funds, engaged in fraud or fraudulent activity and engaged in the business of insurance without a license.

Mitchell Adjusting International could not be reached for comment. The company’s web address provides incorrect information. The company did not respond to an email sent to the two email addresses listed in TDI’s results.

SOAH records show that attorney David W. Alexander filed a statement on Mitchell’s behalf on July 26 and filed a response to the government’s allegations. He did not return a phone call left with his office Friday or respond to an email.

SOAH has scheduled a hearing on TDI’s request on Oct. 2 at his office in Austin.

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