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Authorities Say Ex-Insurance Agent in New Jersey Stole Clients’ Identities

State authorities say a former insurance agent assumed the identities of former clients to fraudulently apply for new life insurance policies in their names. Marta Cristina Cunha is charged with insurance fraud, identity theft and theft by deception. Authorities say …

Oregon Woman Settles Suit over Abuse by Insurance Agent Father

A Eugene, Ore. woman who sued her adopted parents after disclosing that her father sexually abused her has agreed to settle the civil case. The Register-Guard reports that according to documents filed in Lane County Circuit Court last week the …

Former California Agent Admits To Embezzling From Clients

Julie Diane Shinar, 44, of Long Beach, Calif., was convicted of theft by embezzlement in Long Beach Superior Court. Shinar was ordered to serve three years of formal probation and pay $29,158 in restitution to her victims. Shinar reportedly received …

Former California Insurance Agent Who Scammed Church Members Sentenced

Constance Gail Fortune, 61, pleaded guilty this week to one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement and one felony count of theft from an elder or dependent adult in a case in which she was charged with scamming members …

Utah Agent Sentenced to Prison and $1.3M in Restitution

Utah insurance agent Brent Hilton was sentenced to serve one to 15 years in prison and has been taken into custody from the Third District Court in West Jordan. Hilton in July pled guilty to one count of a pattern …

California Agents Get Creative to Sell Rideshare Endorsement

Kathy Lamm, an insurance agent in Costa Mesa, Calif., over the past month has been busy selling a ridesharing endorsement that Farmers Insurance Group introduced in California in late May. Lamm started spreading the word soon after the product became …

Utah Agent Sentenced to Prison and $1.3M in Restitution

Utah insurance agent Brent Hilton was sentenced to serve one to 15 years in prison and has been taken into custody from the Third District Court in West Jordan. Hilton pled guilty to one count of pattern of unlawful activity …

Court Upholds California Broker’s License Revocation for Sexual Misconduct

The Court of Appeal upheld a decision by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to revoke the broker-agent license of Wellman Dale Shew, 55, of Fresno. When the California Department of Insurance learned that Shew had two misdemeanor convictions in California …

California Agent Nabbed on Bogus Bond, $100K Premium Theft Charges

Licensed insurance agent Lars Hedegaard, 63, of Danville, Calif. was arrested on two felony counts of grand theft. Hedegaard was doing business as Westport &Associates Insurance Services Inc. when he allegedly issued 14 fraudulent bonds to contractors and collected $111,365 …

Former California Agent Pleads Guilty in $6M Fraud Case

An Upland, Calif. man has pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud and tax charges in relation to a loan scam that reportedly netted him more than $5.9 million. Derek Richard Brewart, 53, a former licensed insurance agent and owner of …