Judge denies insurance agent license to Petitioner who pled guilty to two shoplifting charges in 1996 and 2001.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by: Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1307722  , Decision Date: October 26, 2012 
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Petitioner appeals Respondent’s denial of her application for a resident insurance agent’s license. Petitioner pled guilty to a felony shoplifting charge in 1996 when she was 20 years old. In 2001, Petitioner again pled guilty to a separate felony shoplifting charge. She was successfully discharged from probation in 2006. From 2003-2011, Petitioner worked with one company and was promoted to general manager after she completed a management course in 2006. In 2012, she became a manager in the company’s account department where she had access to cash and credit card information. The Agency denied Petitioner’s license application because she was convicted of crimes of moral turpitude involving dishonesty that indicated a pattern of behavior. Additionally, her final discharge was less than 10 years ago, which the Agency deemed recent. Petitioner did not produce any witnesses that could testify to her credibility and therefore, failed to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that she should have been granted the license. Therefore, the Agency’s decision was AFFIRMED.

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