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Johnston insurance agent charged with embezzlement

Posted October 23, 2012

— A Johnston County insurance agent has been charged with embezzling premiums paid by Latino policy holders, authorities said Tuesday.

Leilani Arellano, 23, of 1067 Lake Wendell Road in Wendell, was arrested Oct. 18 on five counts each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

State Department of Insurance investigators said Arellano took the cash payments from Latino clients between January and July, and she charged them fees for services that were supposed to be free and took that money as well. In some cases, her clients received bills stating that they had not paid their premiums and that their coverage had lapsed, authorities said.

Allstate Insurance Co. fired Arellano in July, authorities said.

Anyone who suspects that they have been victimized by the alleged embezzlement scheme is asked to call the DOI's Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840 or Detective Jamey Snipes of the Johnston county Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5020.

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  • tarheelfan4life2005 Oct 23, 4:44 p.m.

    smokewagon....WOW....who are you doing business with since everyone is a "ripoff"???

  • rwhite8449 Oct 23, 4:21 p.m.

    But of course she did.

  • SmokeWagon Oct 23, 3:10 p.m.

    ..."She makes the whole industry look "bad"..."

    LOL...no, SHE makes herself look bad...the insurance gamers need absolutely NO help in ripping off their customers OR making themselves look bad...!!!!!! The 4 biggest ripoffs in town...banks, insurance companies, lawers and politicians...if you notice, they ALSO have the largest, newest, nicest most expensive buildings...wonder why...????

  • nakabi Oct 23, 2:53 p.m.

    tarheelfan4life2005-I agree!

  • catwoman2 Oct 23, 1:06 p.m.

    Just as an FYI...this same woman was a bank teller at Wells Fargo until her arrest on 10/18/12. If you are a Wells Fargo customer and you recognize her face, you may want to check your accounts........This is a true fact.

  • wildpig777 Oct 23, 1:06 p.m.

    i suspect i have been victimized by ALL insurance agencys all my life.... insurance is a legalized scam.

  • tarheelfan4life2005 Oct 23, 12:51 p.m.

    She makes the whole industry look "bad". Most of us who hold a license (including myself) do things legit, but you still have to earn the public's trust because of people like her!

  • 101jackson101 Oct 23, 12:31 p.m.

    The good hands people.

  • oleguy Oct 23, 11:56 a.m.

    Whats illegal? There is no illegal in insurance,,,

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 23, 11:05 a.m.

    I guess she thought most of them being illegal wouldn't report it.

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