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Smithfield woman charged in theft of insurance payments

| Friday, May 16, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

A Smithfield woman is accused of theft for allegedly failing to put $17,370 worth of insurance customers' payments toward their policies.

Belinda K. Teets, 48, of 274 Tobin School Road, is charged by the state attorney general's office with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by deception and misapplication of entrusted property.

In a criminal complaint, Special Agent Henry Krakovsky said Teets, while employed with the Lucidi Agency in Uniontown between 2011 and 2013, took customers' cash premium payments, then failed to apply the money to their policies.

At least 30 policyholders had their accounts canceled or placed in arrears as a result, according to the criminal complaint.

Teets no longer works for the agency and the policyholders were made whole, according to the complaint. She is accused of diverting the money for her personal use.

Teets, who is free on $25,000 unsecured bond, faces a preliminary hearing May 20 before District Judge Michael Metros.

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