WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA — Former licensed insurance producer Jon Cunningham, 57, has been charged with a dozen felony counts of fraud, including first degree burglary, grand theft, theft from an elder and filing false tax returns after allegedly stealing more than $381,000 in premium payments. His co-conspirator Susan Winett, 64, of Van Nuys was charged with five felony counts of grand theft for her role in the scheme.
“This insurance scheme targeted seniors, leaving them financially vulnerable after a lifetime of hard work,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “The Department of Insurance will aggressively investigate fraud to protect our seniors from those looking to exploit them.”
From 2017 to 2019, Cunningham, in his role as an insurance producer, allegedly collected premium payments from six victims for commercial liability, workers’ compensation, property, renewals and other policies and used the money for his personal use. His victims’ homes, businesses and employees were left uninsured and exposed to loss.
Cunningham enlisted Winett in his scheme to forge policy documents and invoices.
This case is being prosecuted by the White Collar Crime Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.