Prosecutors charge Marshfield, Mo. insurance agent with stealing from elderly couple | #insurance | #seniors | #elderly
MARSHFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Webster County prosecutor filed charges against a Marshfield insurance agent accused of defrauding an elderly couple.
Lacey Stokes faces charges of stealing and exploiting an elderly person. She appeared before a judge Tuesday morning.
The couple filed a police report on April 16. Investigators say the couple paid $5,300 in premiums for auto, farm, home and a cabin and boat dock through L Stokes Agency. The couple learned the insurance company never received payment for the policies.
“This one is so public and the exposure to individuals who believed they had a policy of insurance, then they have a claim is pretty significant,” said Webster County Prosecuting Attorney, Ben Berkstresser.
Tuesday he filed another case against Stokes.
“The same allegations; that there were policies of insurance that were purchased and they believed they purchased, had policy numbers, then got notices that they were cancelled because of failure to pay,” he explained.
Stokes is currently on probation for passing a bad check and could be facing fines and/or jail time on that case.
“If we’re going to give somebody the opportunity for probation the only accountability when they mess up, when they fail to follow the rules that they have to follow, then we revoke or try to attempt to revoke that probation so that they can be accountable,” said Berkstresser.
Our call to Lacey Stokes attorney, Brady Musgrave, for comment about these allegations have not been returned.
An investigator contacted the Missouri Department of Insurance and found an active investigation into the business practices of Stokes. The state is investigating nine cases against the agent.
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