Insurance hearing officer orders $36,000 fine

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A government hearing officer ruled Friday that if Pamela Wynona Schoen of the Starfish Insurance Agency fails to implement the bookkeeping practices or pay the fine, she will lose her sales license and face an additional $236,000 in fines.

Hearing officer Frank Snowden wrote that while Schoen provided evidence that two employees, not her, sold the policies, there was "negligence in the operation of her office."

Schoen testified during last month's hearing in Mobile that she
has spent more than $450,000 repaying victims of the fraud, which she said was perpetrated in her absence.

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