Man gets Prison Sentence in Senior Fraud Case

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that a former Washington County insurance agent has been sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after pleading guilty to stealing more than $199,000 from several clients, including an 87-year old woman.

Corbett said the defendant, Robert Klein, 51 of McMurray, was arrested on May 10, 2006, following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section and Elder Abuse Unit. Klein was charged with misappropriating money from clients who believed they were purchasing life insurance policies. The victims were from Allegheny, Cambria and Washington counties.

“Sadly, older Pennsylvanians often suffer at the hands of people they trust,” Corbett said. “Financial fraud, especially involving seniors, is something the Attorney General’s Office will vigorously investigate and prosecute.”

Corbett noted that Pennsylvania has the third highest percentage of senior citizens in the nation, with nearly 2-million residents over the age of 65. The Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Unit was created in July 2006 to address the growing number of crimes and financial scams being targeted at that group.

Corbett said that Klein appeared yesterday in Washington County Court of Common Pleas for sentencing after entered a guilty plea on March 20, 2007. He was sentenced to pay $199,520 in restitution and serve an 11 ½ to 23 month prison term after pleading guilty to four counts of theft by deception along with one count of insurance fraud.

Klein was ordered to report to the Washington County Jail on June 11, 2007, to begin serving his sentence.

Corbett congratulated the agents and attorneys from the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section and Elder Abuse Unit who worked on this investigation, including Deputy Attorney General Jerome A. Orie, who prosecuted the case in Washington County.

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