“CDI investigators work to protect the integrity of the insurance industry as well as consumers by investigating cases of possible theft and embezzlement. They are excellent at their jobs and very responsive to complaints and tips to CDI.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
BAKERSFIELD— On June 30, 2022, formerly licensed insurance agent Guadalupe Annette Escobar, 37, of Bakersfield, was arraigned in Kern County Superior Court on six felony counts of theft and misappropriations of funds after she allegedly embezzled money from several of her employer’s clients for her personal use instead of using the funds to place insurance coverage.
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) began an investigation after receiving a complaint from Escobar’s employer. While working as a licensed agent for the reporting employer, Escobar collected funds from multiple clients of her employer meant as payments for their insurance premium coverage. The investigation found that instead of submitting the collected funds for deposit into the employer’s business bank trust account, Escobar allegedly took possession of the collected funds diverting them into her individual bank account for personal use. According to the investigation, between January 2019 and February 2020 Escobar allegedly embezzled a total of $20,232 in funds from her employer’s clients on multiple occasions.
Escobar’s employer terminated her employment upon discovering the alleged embezzlement.
The Department revoked Escobar’s license on July 2, 2021. The Kern County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case. Escobar is due next in court on July 13, 2022, for pre-preliminary hearing.