Councilman Calls For Criminal Investigation Into Hybrid

by Categorized: City Council, City Hall, Earl O'Garro Jr., Finance, Hybrid Insurance Group, Larry Deutsch Date:

Earl O’Garro Jr. and his company, Hybrid Insurance Group, have drawn a lot of attention for allegedly failing to pay $670,000 in premiums to two of the city’s insurance carriers.

The state labor department began investigating O’Garro after complaints came in about non-payment of wages to employees. The insurance department also is investigating, and has filed an 11-count complaint against O’Garro, charging him with trying to obtain payment on policy premiums for companies that did not exist.

Now a city councilman wants a criminal investigation. Minority Leader Larry Deutsch, a member of the Working Families Party, sent a letter Tuesday to Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane asking that he investigate Hybrid Insurance Group and its relation to city officials, including city Treasurer Adam Cloud.

Here’s the letter: let to States Attorney Kane for independent investigation 102213

From Deutsch’s letter:

“This Court of Common Council is the body accountable for determining and enforcing our capital city’s ordinances and overseeing its finances. It depends upon its elected and appointed administrators to receive truthful, complete, and timely answers to its questions and those from the public and media. … There have been citizen reports and concerns about incomplete or fraudulent information, and steering of contracts among special insider interests. … In order to be properly accountable and proceed with its responsibilities to the public, we must be assured there has been no criminal or wider fraudulent activity, and be certain to avoid continuation of such irregularities affecting the city.”

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