ST. JOSEPH — A former insurance coverage agent admitted Thursday to defrauding a number of prospects by pocketing cash they gave him to pay insurance coverage premiums.
Kevin Donnellan, 62, of Stevensville, pleaded responsible in Berrien County Trial Court docket to widespread regulation fraud, a 10-year felony; and two counts of insurance coverage fraud, a Four-year felony. Decide Angela Pasula accepted his plea and set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16. In the meantime, Donnellan is free on a $20,000 bond, is on GPS tether, and as a bond situation, has been ordered by the choose to not deal with different individuals’s cash.
Donnellan’s lawyer, Joseph Fletcher, requested for that situation to be eliminated, saying Donnellan has a job working at an area Vacation Inn and a part of the job includes processing bank card funds. Pasula denied the request. Donnellan’s insurance coverage enterprise, which was Donnellan Insurance coverage on Ship Avenue in St. Joseph, has closed.
Donnellan initially confronted 12 counts of insurance coverage fraud, along with the one rely of widespread regulation fraud. As a part of a plea take care of prosecutors, 10 counts of insurance coverage fraud have been dismissed. The plea deal requires Donnellan to pay restitution to all the purchasers he defrauded, not simply the 2 for which he pleaded responsible.
Donnellan admitted to defrauding two prospects between January and July and several other others in earlier years. He was in enterprise for greater than 30 years.
Detective Adam Herbert with the St. Joseph Division of Public Security and Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic have mentioned there could also be extra victims who haven’t come ahead.
Herbert mentioned the case got here to mild in July after a lady who had been concerned in a automobile accident was notified that she was being sued for damages by Progressive Insurance coverage, the opposite driver’s insurance coverage firm, but additionally by her personal firm. When she regarded into the allegations within the lawsuit, she discovered that her personal automobile insurance coverage coverage had been canceled earlier for lack of fee. The girl known as police, who started an investigation.
Herbert mentioned Donnellan was discovered to have taken cash from prospects to arrange insurance coverage insurance policies, then failed to show funds over to the insurance coverage corporations. The insurance policies would ultimately be canceled resulting from lack of fee. Herbert mentioned police consider Donnellan gave false addresses and telephone numbers for shoppers when organising insurance coverage insurance policies, so they didn’t obtain notifications that funds had not been obtained and their insurance policies have been canceled.
It was solely after being in want of the insurance coverage that the purchasers would uncover they weren’t insured.
An entire checklist of identified victims and quantities of restitution is to be submitted to the courtroom previous to sentencing.