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Woman gets two years in fraud case

Canyon Country resident forged senior citizen’s name on insurance enrollment forms to get commission

Posted: December 16, 2009 9:27 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2009 9:00 a.m.
 
A Canyon Country woman accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to two years in prison for forging the signature of a senior citizen on insurance documents to earn a commission, authorities announced Wednesday.

Janet Gail Wroe, 49, was convicted of one count of felony identity theft and sentenced on Dec. 10 at Airport Superior Court in Los Angeles, California Department of Insurance officials said.

Prosecutors dropped an additional felony charge of forgery through the deal, said Mark Billingsley, the department's deputy press secretary.

Wroe, an insurance broker-agent, tried in July 2007 to enroll an 80-year-old Hawthorne man into a Medicare Advantage plan, but the customer declined, department officials said.

Wroe obtained the senior citizen's personal identification information and forged his signature to fill out the enrollment form, the statement said.

She gave the application to another agent, who submitted it to an insurance company. Wroe then received a commission payment, the statement said.

In June 2008, the California Department of Insurance revoked Wroe's license on unrelated charges, according to the statement.

"Unfortunately we see too many people preying on the elderly with scams like these," Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said in the statement. "But our department will continue to work tirelessly to hunt for those responsible for these crimes, arrest them and bring them to justice."

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