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Pruitt’s insurance license was revoked by the Department on September 30, 2020.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.
Source: California Department of Insurance
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