FSA bans broker for overcharging

Nia Williams

October 14, 2010

The director of Media and Entertainment Insurance Services Limited has been banned from acting as an FSA approved person for at least two years for attempting to overcharge a client by £89,000. The FSA has also cancelled Media and Entertainment Insurance Services Limited’s permission to undertake any regulated activities.

Media and Entertainment Insurance Services Limited was a small insurance broker which specialised in arranging insurance for the entertainment industry, including advertising and television commercials. Cable founded Media and Entertainment Insurance Services Limited in 1999 and was the firm’s only FSA approved person.

In January 2007 Cable, on behalf of Media and Entertainment Insurance Services Limited, was asked to arrange two insurance contracts for a client. The contracts were for an area of business that was outside Cable’s usual area of expertise. Cable significantly inflated the cost of the insurance premiums and falsified two documents in a deliberate attempt to overcharge the client. The client only learnt of the true cost of the premiums after making their own enquiries.

The FSA accepts that this was an isolated incident and that Cable made a full and frank admission of his misconduct.

Tom Spender, FSA head of retail enforcement said: “Insurance brokers have a responsibility to provide accurate information to their clients and treat them fairly.

“Attempting to overcharge even one client is completely unacceptable behaviour. Cable’s actions call into question his integrity and show that he is not a fit and proper person. The action we have taken shows that this conduct will not be tolerated by the FSA.”

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