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County commissioner calls for special meeting on Ketron insurance fraud case

Posted: 4:46 PM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 17:46:21-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Rutherford County commissioner is asking County Mayor Bill Ketron to call a special meeting of the Rutherford County Commission following reports by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Commissioner Robert Stevens of Smyrna sent a letter to Ketron this afternoon, saying, “The citizens of Rutherford County deserve answers and you deserve a fair opportunity to explain these matters.“

NewsChannel 5 Investigates has recently exposed how at least three customers of Ketron‘s insurance agency in Murfreesboro, Universal International Insurance, said they paid insurance premiums but never got their policies. Two of these customers have filed reports with Murfreesboro Police who confirm they have open investigations and criminal charges are likely. Another customer recently settled a civil lawsuit against the insurance agency.

Ketron‘s 28-year-old daughter, Kelsey, who is the vice president of Universal International Insurance, meanwhile has been banned by the state of Tennessee‘s Insurance Division from all insurance related activities based on what the state called “fraudulent practices“ related to one of those clients. She is also accused of selling insurance without a valid license.

Ketron and his daughter, who was elected last year to the Tennessee Republican Party‘s executive committee, have also come under fire for failing to file required campaign finance filings with the state in a timely fashion. Kelsey has served as the treasurer for both Ketron’s state senate campaign and his political action committee, Quest.

The Registry tells NewsChannel 5 investigates that since last November, the campaign and the PAC have owed $60,000 in fines for late filings. Those fines remain unpaid and the case has now been turned over to the Tennesse Attorney General’s Office for collections.

Bill Ketron has not returned our calls for comment.

Keep in tuned to NewsChannel 5 for updates.

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