§1922.  Additional powers and duties

A.  The division of insurance fraud is authorized to have access to computer systems, information maintained for the use of law enforcement personnel, any information contained in the criminal history record and identification file of the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information, and direct and timely access to information compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as contained in the National Crime Information Center, for the purposes of carrying out its responsibilities under this Part.

B.  The commissioner of insurance may require each applicant for a license or certificate of authority to submit physical evidence of the identity of the applicant. The commissioner of insurance may promulgate rules and regulations defining the type of physical identification acceptable and the manner in which such evidence is to be received by the Department of Insurance.

C.  The commissioner of insurance may deny a license or certificate of authority when the applicant, or if the applicant is a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or partnership, or other legal entity, any officer, director, managing person, employee, or principal stockholder has been convicted of a felony.

D.  The commissioner of insurance may issue a commission authorizing the deputy commissioner of insurance fraud or any compliance investigator who is certified by the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), or who may be qualified by the P.O.S.T. Council, to carry and use firearms in performance of their duties in investigating suspected administrative or civil insurance fraud.  These powers and privileges shall not include arrest powers.  The commissioner shall also provide appropriate credentials and badges of authority.

Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 50, §2; Acts 2004, No. 826, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1241.1 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2013, No. 217, §1.

NOTE:  Former R.S. 22:1922 redesignated as R.S. 22:32 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.