Former Los Angeles agent admits to embezzling from clients
News: 2016 Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Julie Diane Shinar, 44, of Long Beach was convicted of theft by embezzlement and sentenced on February 26 in Long Beach Superior. Shinar was ordered to serve three years formal probation and pay $29,158 in restitution to her victims.
Shinar received cash payments from clients and instead of remitting the payments to the insurance carrier, used the funds for her own benefit between November 2011 and February2013. Similar to a Ponzi scheme, Shinar used payments from some clients to cover the policy premiums for whose cash she embezzled. Clients who paid by check never received a policy and most clients were unaware of Shinar's action. The embezzlement was discovered during a routine insurance company audit of Shinar's trust account.
"Shinar violated her fiduciary responsibility as a trusted insurance broker to scam consumers," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Shinar's theft left policyholders exposed to significant financial risk, leaving them liable and without coverage."
During the course of the insurance carrier's investigation, Shinar admitted to keeping the policyholders' premiums for her personal use. The insurance company terminated Shinar and notified the department of the misappropriation of funds, which prompted this investigation.
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Julie Shinar's booking photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ca_dept_insurance/albums/72157665535937356
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