- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State insurance officials say a former trustee and spokeswoman for First AME Church in South Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to running an insurance scheme that cheated seniors out of more than $100,000.

Following her plea on Thursday, Constance Gail Fortune was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years of probation.

Fortune was a licensed insurance agent who sold auto, life and homeowners policies to seniors over a two year period, but never purchased them. Instead, authorities say, she used the premiums to cover her rent and other personal expenses.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1KqnPVn) the 61-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of felony grand theft by embezzlement and one felony count of theft from an elder.

The California Insurance Department says at least four victims were identified, including members of the church.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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