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September 23, 20213 South Dakota Family Members Sentenced for Defrauding Farmers
Three members of a South Dakota family accused of bilking millions from farmers due to risky speculation in the grain business have been sentenced to time behind bars. Jared Steffensen and his wife, Tami Steffensen, pleaded guilty earlier to theft … …


September 23, 2021Ex-Official Sent to Prison for Stealing $2M From Illinois City
A man who stole $2 million from Kankakee, Illinois, and a regional wastewater agency was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and two years of home confinement. Richard Simms, 74, acknowledged diverting money through a fraudulent software invoi …


September 23, 2021Fort Worth Masonry Company Cited Again for Fall Hazards: Fined $216K
Federal workplace safety officials cited a Fort Worth, Texas-based masonry company for continuing to put its workers at risk for falls and fined the firm more than $216,000. OSHA said a March 2021 inspection revealed RM Masonry and Stucco Inc. …


September 23, 2021Lawsuit: Ida Power Outages in Louisiana Due to ‘Gum and Super Glue’ at Utility
A lawsuit alleges that Louisiana’s largest electric utility used a “bubble gum and super glue” approach to maintenance and construction that left customers sweltering in the dark without adequate sewage treatment after Hurricane Ida. The suit was fil …


September 23, 2021People Moves: HDI Global USA Adds Sapia; AAU Hires Dettmann; Malkin Joins Alliant in Chicago
HDI Global USA Appoints Sapia Director of Liability Underwriting Chicago-based HDI Global Insurance Co. (HDI Global USA) appointed David Sapia director of liability underwriting. In this new role, Sapia will be responsible for the profitability, grow …


September 23, 2021People Moves: Biggs Joins Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission; Alliant Adds Soto, Hargrave in Texas; ICT Hires Johnson
Biggs Joins Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) added Scott Biggs as its newest commissioner. The WCC and its three commissioners are tasked with carrying out the adjudicative, administrative, and reg …


September 23, 2021People Moves: Howden Names Swiss Re’s Cochrane for Energy Transformation; Apollo Hires Sandi for Casualty Treaty; AXA XL’s MacColl to Atrium to Lead Hull & War
This edition of International People Moves details appointments at the broker Howden and two Lloyd’s insurers: Apollo Syndicate Management and Atrium Underwriting. A summary of these new hires follows here. Howden Appoints Swiss Re’s Cochrane as Head …


September 23, 2021Citizens Warns of Exposure Risk as Policy Count Grows
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. president Barry Gilway said at a Wednesday board of governors meeting that the organization is considering “all ideas to reduce exposure” as policies mount by the thousands. Gilway said Citizens is accepting policies …


September 23, 2021Relation Acquires South Carolina-Based Perry
Relation Insurance Services, Inc. (“Relation”) has acquired the assets of South Carolina-based Perry Insurance Group, Inc. (“Perry”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Perry provides personal and commercial lines insurance solutions to cli …


September 23, 2021California University Paying $1.6M To Students Assaulted by Employee
San Jose State University has agreed to pay $1.6 million to 13 female student-athletes whose complaints about being sexually assaulted by an athletic trainer were mishandled by the university, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The payment is part of …

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