Would you buy insurance from a convicted thief or murderer? In Pa., some get the OK to sell
After being convicted of credit-card theft in 2012, Elizabeth Day King needed to make a living. So the 50-year-old Pittsburgh woman asked Pennsylvania insurance regulators last fall to license her to sell insurance.
Like many states, Pennsylvania grants waivers to convicted felons, allowing them to become insurance agents but only after a “voluminous” background check.
In January, state insurance officials gave King her waiver.
What they missed: Just four weeks earlier King had been charged with felony identity theft, accused of opening credit cards in her daughter’s name, then racking up more than $12,000 in charges and not making payment.
A spokesman for the Insurance Department, Ronald G. Ruman, said the agency carefully screens people with felony convictions before deciding whether they should get waivers. In a statement, the department said the information it reviews “is voluminous and provides the department with deep insight into an applicant’s personal and professional life.”