"When disaster strikes it can be confusing for homeowners to know where to turn to and this company took advantage of that difficult situation in violation of California's consumer protection laws," said California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said in a release. (Mailer image courtesy of the California Department of Insurance)

A public adjuster in California has surrendered his professional licenses and has been banned from working in the insurance industry in any capacity for eight years for a host of unsavory behavior, including misleading wildfire victims and filing bogus claims, according to the state's insurance department.

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