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Moore County insurance agent charged with embezzlement

Posted April 1, 2009 9:49 a.m. EDT

— The state Department of Insurance has charged a Moore County insurance agent with stealing from clients, authorities said Wednesday.

Jennifer Hughes Puckett, 30, of 163 Woodside Drive in Rockingham, was charged with 10 counts of embezzlement. She was being held Wednesday in the Moore County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Puckett was the owner of Abbott Insurance Group in West End until she closed the agency in February, officials said.

DOI investigators said she pocketed about $9,000 in premiums for fake insurance policies between Oct. 1, 2007, and Feb. 1 of this year. Investigators have identified 14 victims so far.