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Former Visalia insurance agent arraigned after allegedly stealing from client

News: 2021 Press Release

For Release: March 26, 2021
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Email Inquiries: cdipress@insurance.ca.gov
Former Visalia insurance agent arraigned after allegedly stealing from client

FRESNO, Calif. — Formerly licensed insurance agent, Mandy Pruitt, 42, of Visalia, was arraigned today on one count of grand theft after she allegedly stole more than $4,400 from a client and used the money to pay for personal expenses.

The alleged crime was reported to the Department of Insurance after the victim noticed several unauthorized charges on their bank statement totaling $4,429. An investigation by the Department revealed that Pruitt worked for an insurance agency that sold insurance to the victim and had access to their bank account information.

Investigators found the unauthorized charges were made by Pruitt and that the funds were used to pay for her personal expenses, including her car loan, electric bill, and satellite TV bill.

Pruitt’s insurance license was revoked by the Department on September 30, 2020. She is scheduled to return to court on May 26, 2021. This case is being prosecuted by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Consumers can check the license status of their agent or broker or contact the Department of Insurance at 800-927-4357 if they suspect they are victims of insurance fraud.

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $340 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 www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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