Does selling a structured settlement annuity to a senior expose agents to potential criminal prosecution?

A recent court case in California should give pause to virtually every structured settlement planner, agent or broker in the country as it seems to indicate that the sale of annuity products to seniors or claimants with impaired decision process could lead to criminal prosecution.

In this week’s “Speaking of Settlements” video broadcast, Mark Wahlstrom looks at the recent case of annuity agent Glen Neasham, a 52 year old annuity agent in California, who was recently convicted of felony theft charge and sentenced to 90 days in jail for selling a $175,000 annuity to an 83 year old woman who prosecutors alleged exhibited signs of dementia at the time of the sale. He was prosecuted under what are broadly referred to as “Elder Abuse” statutes that cover not only physical or nursing home abuse, but increasingly exploitation of seniors in the decision process of handling investments, savings and financial planning.

The article, written by WSJ staff reporter Leslie Scism, does an excellent job of covering the facts of the case and looking at the issues involved.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

However, in this weeks broadcast Mark Wahlstrom elaborates on how this might impact structured settlement planners, annuity agents and others who deal with anyone over the age of 65. A great number of laws have been passed that REQUIRE banks and others to report suspected elder abuse or inappropriate influence in the planning or sales prospect, as happened in this case, making the likelihood of other such cases being pressed in other states quite high.

The broadcast video can be watched below:

For the complete story from the Legal Broadcast Network, click here.

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