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Leilani Flete Arellano charged with scamming customers

Unread postby RatPak11 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:54 pm

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/10/24/ ... agent.html

Wake insurance agent charged with scamming Spanish-speaking customers
Published Wed, Oct 24, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified Tue, Oct 23, 2012 11:58 PM
From staff reports

RALEIGH -- State insurance regulators said Tuesday that they have charged a former Allstate agent from Wendell with embezzling money from Spanish-speaking clients by telling them she was arranging coverage and then keeping the money they paid.
Leilani Flete Arellano, 23, of 1067 Lake Wendell Road is also accused of collecting fees for services that are supposed to be free to customers. Arellano was arrested last week, the state Department of Insurance said.
Department investigators charged her with five counts each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Her bail was set at $20,000.

Officials said she worked for Allstate Insurance from January to July, when she was fired.
Customers learned about the problem when they were sent bills for the balance of their payments or got notices that policies had lapsed because Allstate had not received payments, the department said
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Re: insurance agent charged with scamming customers

Unread postby RatPak11 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:02 pm

http://www.theherald-nc.com/2012/10/30/ ... arged.html

Insurance agent from Wendell charged with embezzlement
She bilked Spanish speakers, police say
ublished: Oct 30, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Nov 05, 2012 02:04 PM

By Amanda James, ajames@newsobserver.com
RALEIGH - A former Allstate agent who lives in Johnston County has been charged with embezzling money from Spanish-speaking clients by telling them she was arranging coverage and then keeping the money they paid.
Leilani Flete Arellano, 23, of 1067 Lake Wendell Road, is accused also of collecting fees for services that are supposed to be free to customers, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance. Arellano was arrested Oct. 18.

Department investigators charged her with five counts each of embezzlement by an insurance agent, five counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. She was released from custody after posting a $20,000 bond.

Arellano is accused of stealing $360 from clients, according to Tammy Amaon, spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. There might be other victims who have not come forward yet. Arellano was one of the few Spanish-speaking agents in the area, so she had many clients.

Officials said Arellano worked for Allstate Insurance from January to July, when she was fired from the agency where she worked, Rains & Associates Insurance in Garner. Arellano was fired because a client reported to the agency’s owner that Arellano had been overstating the price of an insurance premium, Amaon said.

Customers received bills for the balance of their payments, or got notices that policies had lapsed, because Allstate had not received payment, the Department of Insurance said.

Victims are from both Johnston and Wake counties. Since Arellano worked as a Spanish-speaking agent, all of the victims are Spanish-speaking clients. The policies affected were all auto policies.

The Department of Insurance asks anyone who believes they were a victim of this embezzlement to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840 or call Detective Jamey Snipes of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5020.

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