Baton Rouge, La., Woman Pleads Guilty in CE Credit Scam

February 1, 2006

Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. reported that Marsha Lavernia Scott, aka Marsha L. Dillon, 3120 Lambert Drive, Baton Rouge, La., pled guilty on Jan. 23, 2006, to one count of filing false public records in connection with an insurance fraud scam.

According to the AG’s office, Scott is a licensed insurance agent who purchased phony continuing education credits from Leo Vincent Jacob and then submitted the phony credits with her insurance license renewal application to the Louisiana Department of Insurance. Continuing education certificates are required to be attached to all renewal applications filed with the Louisiana Department of Insurance, or a renewal cannot be granted.

Leo Jacob pled guilty in April 2005 to six counts of filing false public records in a criminal scheme that involved hundreds of insurance agents across Louisiana. Jacob, a licensed agent and continuing education instructor, conducted the scheme in which numerous insurance agents received certificates of continuing education credit in exchange for cash, when in fact no such courses had been attended or taught.

Scott was placed on two years active supervised probation, and ordered to pay a fine, court costs and perform community service.

The Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Support Unit is part of the Louisiana Insurance Fraud Task Force that also includes the Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Department of Insurance.

Scott’s probation will be reviewed on April 26, 2006, in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

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