VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI – A former Paw Paw insurance agent was sentenced to probation and home arrest for embezzling cash from an aged client who had dementia.
Brian Lietzau, 60, was sentenced March 15 to 36 months of probation, with six months of home arrest, by Van Buren County Circuit Judge Kathleen Brickley. He can also be required to pay $70,000 in restitution.
Lietzau pleaded no contest Feb. 5 to one depend of embezzlement from a susceptible grownup, $50,000 or extra however lower than $100,000, after accepting a plea settlement. Additional felony fees have been dismissed as a part of the settlement.
The sufferer is deceased, so Lietzau will pay restitution to her property, in accordance to a joint press launch from Michigan Attorney’s General Office and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
The defendant owned Farm Bureau-Lietzau Insurance in Paw Paw, where he stole $270,000 from an elderly female client between November 2012 and November 2013, after being granted fiduciary and energy of legal professional, in accordance to earlier reporting.
Lietzau has surrendered his license to follow insurance, the legal professional normal’s workplace mentioned.
“We have an obligation to shield those that are most susceptible in our state and to maintain the dangerous actors who search to reap the benefits of them accountable,” Attorney General Dana Nessel mentioned within the launch. “I’m grateful to the hardworking professionals on the Department of Insurance and Financial Services for his or her continued collaboration on these instances.”
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