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Angier insurance agent linked to illegal auto title scheme

Posted February 7, 2012

— A Harnett County insurance agent faces hundreds of charges in what state officials say was a scheme to issue bogus vehicle titles to Latinos.

Dalia Soto Urbina, 42, of 35 Good Circle in Fuquay-Varina, was arrested Friday, and the state Department of Insurance has put her license under review.

The Division of Motor Vehicles charged Urbina with 381 counts each of felony title fraud, criminal conspiracy and misdemeanor violations of motor vehicle provisions, as well as two counts each of forgery and notary fraud.

State investigators say customers who didn't have a current identification or insurance, usually Latinos, would pay Urbina $150 to illegally notarize their vehicle paperwork. She would then take the documents to the Lillington License Plate Agency, where she paid two employees to process the vehicle titles.

Last week, the DMV closed the private office, which operated under a state contract to handle vehicle registration, title transactions and other services. Two employees were charged in the scheme.

Lynetta Greene, 35, of 170 Woodbridge Drive in Spring Lake, was charged with 260 counts each of felony title fraud, felony accessing a government computer to defraud and misdemeanor registration fraud. Janet Faye McLean, 57, of 1003 S. Second St. in Lillington, was charged with 113 counts each on the same charges.

Investigators said Urbina paid the women about $5,200 total over the past year to process the titles.

J&D Insurance in Angier Authorities: Hundreds of vehicle titles issued illegally

McLean was presented with a key to Lillington in 2007 for her years of DMV work, and people in town were stunned by the criminal charges against her.

"Any kind of plate work that you had to have done, you always dealt with Janet," neighbor Mike West said, adding that she always operated by the book.

"If there was ever an issue with a plate, it would automatically get sent back to you," West said. "She would send you away until everything was correct – all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed – and then you would have to come back. It didn't matter how long she knew you, she was not going to make any kind of exception."

The DOI also charged Urbina with 25 counts of obtaining property by false pretense, alleging that she took payments from customers without insuring their vehicles. Investigators also say that she wasn't authorized to write insurance for the companies for which she claimed to provide binders.

Urbina's Angier agency, J & D Insurance, was closed Tuesday, and she couldn't be reached for comment.

She advertises that she is an agent for Progressive insurance, but a company spokesman declined to comment on her case.

"Progressive takes fraud seriously and fights fraud to keep costs down for our customers. We will take the necessary steps to make sure any of our customers' policies affected by this are handled appropriately," Jeff Sibel said in a statement.

but representatives of that company didn't respond to phone calls or emails seeking comment.


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  • uthorns812 Feb 9, 2012


  • Rico Feb 9, 2012

    Janet McLean is guilty. She was in on it so she should go to prison.

  • Rico Feb 9, 2012

    his is where privatization of government services ultimately leads to, corruption.

    So you are saying that if it were ran by the government no corruption would take place?

  • oldschool101 Feb 8, 2012

    VoiceMatters, I am not defending Ms. Urbina, the lady operating in Angier. I know nothing about her. I am speaking up for Ms. Janet McLean.

  • VoiceMatters Feb 8, 2012

    oldschool101, I am sure she is a very nice lady, but her job ethics are off. She was hired to do the correct job using the correct formats. There is a right way AND a wrong way to do things. She, obviously choose the wrong way. I mean, how would you explain the money given to the DMV employees to 'fix' legal documents with regarding the DMV and DOI? She has put a lot of people at risk, not only from the police, but to those who may have had an accident, needing to pay for damages. Also, do you think she was aware of any illegal immigration wrong-doing as well? Anyway, everyone is [supposedly] innocent until proven guilty I guess.

  • oldschool101 Feb 8, 2012

    I do not believe for one moment that Janet McLean would knowingly do anything illegal. If she should need character witnesses I think she will find most of the citizens of Lillington at her side. If she needs funds for her legal expenses, my dollars will be the first in the bucket. She is a fine lady and she may have gotten caught up in something beyond her control or was forced into things or maybe framed. I have faith in her & hope she can find the strength to get through this.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 8, 2012

    Wonder how long it'll take to pick up all those illegal tags and those who falsified their paperwork? I wouldn't expect them to go looking, but once found, they should do something. Also, they can sure block em or flag em on the computer when they go back for a renewal.

  • Snookyone Feb 8, 2012

    This is where privatization of government services ultimately leads to, corruption.

  • Statick Feb 8, 2012

    As a notary, this is one of the main reasons why I never touch vehicle titles. People like these make them so risky to deal with.

  • 1nclady Feb 8, 2012

    This just goes to show entering the country illegally is just the first in a series of crimes illegal aliens commit.