QUESTION: I saw a story in a Spanish- language newspaper saying the state Department of Insurance is looking for victims of an insurance agency that sold fake policies to hundreds of Californians, mostly Hispanics. What's that all about? Does that have anything to do with the Oscar Padilla case? — Uneasy Hispanic, Calexico
No, that was a totally different matter. You're referring to Border Pacific Insurance Services, a San Diego insurance agency.
State investigators said Border Pacific Insurance sold insurance policies but never bothered to pay for the coverage with insurance carriers. The buyers were provided with "proof of insurance" cards but remained uninsured.
The agency's illegal activities left hundreds of unsuspecting consumers without valid automobile liability insurance, according to the state Department of Insurance.
Three people, including Border Pacific's owner, were convicted. Two were sentenced last week to prison terms.
Owner Ronald Allen Prasky, 31, was sentenced to seven years for his part in the scam. His office manager, Jesus Antonio Lopez, 32, drew a four-year term.