A former insurance coverage agent has been arrested for allegedly participating in a scheme that noticed him steal a number of victims’ identities with a view to open a “fraudulent insurance coverage company”, the California Division of Insurance coverage mentioned on Thursday (August 18).
Francis Okyere, 70, was beforehand licensed as an insurance coverage agent in Westlake Village. He’s additionally accused of getting used victims’ identities on small enterprise mortgage purposes to fund the allegedly fraudulent company, known as Cyber Entry Insurance coverage Company.
Okyere has been charged with 17 felony counts, together with theft and grand theft by false pretences, the division mentioned.
The accused has beforehand been convicted of grand theft following one other division investigation that discovered Okyere had stolen $65,186 in insurance coverage premiums from enterprise homeowners. He was informed to give up his insurance coverage licence in 2019 and sentencing within the case is pending.
Holly Freeman, 40, named as Okyere’s “alleged confederate”, was additionally arrested and charged with 4 counts of felony id theft, based on the division.
CDI investigated after getting a grievance from one in every of Okyere’s ex-relatives that alleged he had stolen folks’s identities to open a brand new insurance coverage company.
The division mentioned it was in a position to verify that Okyere stole the identities of 4 victims and that he had utilized for “a sequence” of Small Enterprise Administration and Paycheck Safety Program loans. Paperwork associated to the loans confirmed two of the identical victims’ stolen identities had been used to safe funds of $36,963.
Okyere’s bail was set at $815,000 and Freeman’s at $100,000.