SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that American International Group, Inc. (AIG) will pay California $15.6 million in penalties to settle allegations that its insurance companies under-reported workers’ compensation premiums over several decades – part of a nationwide settlement for under-reporting the taxable income.

The settlement covers a 25-year period of AIG reportedly “low balling” its income – complaints about this practice came from all 50 states.

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KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

AIG did not acknowledge guilt as part of the settlement, but Jones maintained the company did engage in intentional wrongdoing.

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“We believe that this wasn’t accidental behavior and I think the proof is in the pudding,” he said.

California received the largest share of the nationwide settlement that totaled more than $146 million.

“And that money will go to the state’s general fund at a time when the state continues to face very difficult challenges in terms of its deficit,” said Jones.

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