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Bakersfield woman impersonates dead mother to collect annuity proceeds

News: 2015 Press Release

For Release: May 15, 2015
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Bakersfield woman impersonates dead mother to collect annuity proceeds

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Victoria Coffee, 46, was arrested Wednesday on multiple felony counts including grand theft and identity theft for allegedly impersonating her deceased mother to withdraw a $41,691 annuity.

Even though Coffee and her siblings were joint beneficiaries of their mother's annuity, Coffee allegedly lied to MetLife Insurance to get them to give her the entire annuity. Department of Insurance investigators discovered that on three separate occasions Coffee called the insurer, posing as her mother, and instructed them to transfer the money from the annuity into Coffee's bank account.

Victoria Coffee was released on $30,000 bail and is due back in court on Friday, May 22, 2015. This case is being prosecuted by the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

Media Notes:

Victoria Coffee is scheduled to appear at Kern Superior Court Metro Division at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015.

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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