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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 …

Former Southern California Agent Sentenced in $100K Fraud Case

Isidro Santillan, 54, has been sentenced to three years in state prison and agreed to pay more than $133,000 in restitution to multiple victims. For more than two years Santillan reportedly embezzled more than $100,000 from clients, pocketed premium money …

Southern California Agent Arrested For Scamming Insurers For $1.4M

Eric Lee, 64, of Orange County, Calif., was arrested last week by the California Department of Insurance and charged with 20 felony counts, including grand theft and allegedly providing false or misleading information to an insurer during a scheme that …