Hole-in-one Contest Winner Cheated Of Prize
Published: May 16, 2012
Hole-in-one Contest Winner Cheated Of Prize, Troy Peissig won a charity tournament two years ago, but still hasn’t seen a dime of his $18,000 prize.Troy Peissig’s surprise at acing an $18,000 hole-in-one contest at a charity tournament has been replaced by bitter disappointment now that he hasn’t been paid a dime nearly two years after making the 170-yard shot.
Now state authorities are intervening, and issued an arrest warrant last week against the operator of an insurance company they say failed to pay up on a policy purchased by the Missoula tournament.
Peissig, a scratch golfer, said it is a case of “how a good situation can go bad quickly.”
The Montana commissioner of securities and insurance said Kevin Kolenda of hole-in-won.com has been unresponsive in the case and now faces felony charges. The agency said Kolenda also has failed to pay in other cases around the country, and continues to operate the scam without a license to sell insurance even though he has been sanctioned by regulators in Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, and Washington.
Montana commissioner Monica Lindeen’s office said it is highly uncommon to file felony charges — with an arrest warrant — against an insurance company. Usually disputes on unpaid claims are handled with fines or other administrative actions.
But the Montana regulators said they moved aggressively in order to stop Kolenda from selling the insurance all over the country, despite not holding a license to do so.
“We want to make sure these companies aren’t getting a gimme when it comes to paying these claims,” said Lindeen, who suggested people check first with regulators that sellers of such insurance are licensed and registered with state authorities.
Kolenda did not return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment.
In a letter Kolenda sent to the tournament sponsor denying the claim, he claimed the hole was too short and violated the 165-yard minimum in the policy contract. Kolenda referenced the 130-yard length noted on the Missoula Country Club’s standard score card.
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