State of California to Receive $779,795 in Regulatory Action Over the Unsuitable Sale and Exchange of Variable Annuities

The state of California will receive $779,795 as its share of a multi-state settlement with Nationwide Life Insurance Co. and Nationwide Life and Annuity Insurance Co. who agreed to pay a fine totaling $2.1 million due to the alleged unsuitable exchange or replacement of two variable annuities developed for and sold by financial advisory firm Waddell & Reed, known as the Waddell & Reed Advisors Select Plus Annuity and the Waddell & Reed Select Annuity. The regulators contend that Nationwide failed to exercise proper supervision and control over the sale and exchange of these variable annuities. Nationwide’s settlement agreement was entered into with insurance regulators for California, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As part of the settlement, customers from California, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin who replaced their United Investors Life Insurance Company annuity with a Waddell & Reed Select or Select Plus annuity between January 1, 2001, and August 31, 2002, will receive a notice advising them about their right to receive reimbursement of fees and charges incurred and other applicable remedies such as rescission and modification of their policies.

Click here to download a copy of the settlement agreement.