HOWELL, MI – An insurance agent in Howell accused of stealing more than $375,000 from her clients over the span of four years is heading to trial on embezzlement charges.
Alicia Holbrook-Bloink, 44, was bound over for trial Wednesday, Oct. 21, on multiple felony charges after a preliminary examination before Livingston County District Judge Daniel Bain, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
She is charged with one count each of conducting a criminal enterprise and embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $20,000 or more but less than $50,000; two counts each embezzlement of $100,000 and failure to file or filing a fraudulent tax filing; and four counts of identity theft.
The case was investigated by both the Attorney General’s Office and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services after several victims filed complaints against Holbrook.
Holbrook, operating as the Holbrook Insurance Agency LLC, is accused of engaging in a criminal scheme between 2015 and 2019 where she would take money from clients who paid their account in full and then forge agreements with insurance underwriters while keeping the client’s money for herself, officials said.
These forged agreements would be canceled due to non-payment, often without the client knowing, leaving them without insurance and out the money already paid to her, officials said.
Later, when it was clear she could not continue this scheme, she allegedly stole clients’ money without even attempting to enter a finance agreement or have an insurance policy issued, officials said.
“Michigan residents and business owners purchase insurance to protect their investments and assets, and when the people we hire to safeguard those interests choose instead to pocket our money, there must be consequences,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “My office remains committed to ensuring Michiganders are not taken advantage of by bad actors, and I will continue to work with the Department of Insurance and Financial Services to protect our residents from dishonest practices.”
If convicted, Holbrook faces up to 20 years in prison.
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