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Public adjuster steals from fire victim

Dave Althausen
December 16, 2013 1:22 PM

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jaymie Marie Huizar, 46, a licensed pubic adjuster has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of grand theft and two counts of diverting fiduciary funds for her role in allegedly stealing over $30,000 of her clients insurance settlement. If convicted Huizar faces up to two years in jail and a fine. 

In February 2012, the California Department of Insurance opened an investigation after having received a complaint regarding a public adjuster who was hired by a southern California fire victim. The investigation revealed that in November 2010, Huizar doing business as Pro-Claim Public Adjusting Company was hired to handle the victims' fire claim for their damaged home, with the agreement that Huizar would receive 10 percent of the total insurance claim settlement. In March 2011, the homeowner's insurance company issued a $40,769 check for the home losses, payable to the victim and Pro-Claim Public Adjusting Company.  

After making a few initial payments to the victim, Huizar allegedly retained more than $30,000 for her own personal use. It was also discovered that Huizar was operating a company that, according to department records, was owned by another licensed individual who was in no way involved in this case. 

This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Huizar is expected back in court on December 27, 2013.

 

 

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