BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested a local insurance agent on accounts of identity theft and insurance fraud.
58-year-old Vicki Lee McGinley of Allstate allegedly misrepresented policy and premium information to clients resulting in losses to her employers and increased premiums for her clients.
The California Department of Insurance began to investigate McGinley after receiving a complaint from her previous employer.
The investigation shows McGinley misrepresented information on over 100 auto and homeowner policies by "manipulating the company database and falsifying insurance applications, unbeknownst to her clients, in order to meet sales quotas, increase clientele, and gain additional commissions" for over seven years.
Investigators also discovered that after McGinley was terminated from one insurance company she started working for a different insurer and continued her scheme misrepresenting information to the company and clients.
CDI says they have suspended McGinley's license and she was booked into Kern County Jail with bail set at $70,000.
She faces seven counts of identity theft and seven counts of insurance fraud.
"As a licensed agent McGinley violated her fiduciary responsibilities and trust of those around her," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "The Department of Insurance has a strong enforcement division to investigate and stop insurance fraud schemes like this one, which costs consumers and insurers billions of dollars each year."
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