Attorney Indicted for Title Insurance Fraud

Allison Tussey —  October 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Susan C. Kevra-Shiner, 46, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, was indicted and charged with seven counts of mail fraud relating to an abstract and title insurance company she owned in Avoca, Pennsylvania, GK Abstract Co., Inc.  Despite losing an agency agreement with Stewart Title Guaranty CompanyKevra-Shiner allegedly continued to issue numerous title insurance policies. 

According to the Indictment, Kevra-Shiner was an attorney admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1994, handled real estate transactions as part of her legal practice, and starting in 2003, issued title insurance policies on behalf of Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Stewart terminated its agency agreement with Kevra-Shiner on September 23, 2008, but the Indictment alleges that Kevra-Shiner continued to issue numerous title insurance policies to her clients after that date. As a result, the Indictment alleges that she defrauded approximately 76 homeowners and/or lenders of $72,000 in title insurance premiums which she was not authorized to receive and for which no valid title insurance policy was issued.

If convicted of the charges, Kevra-Shiner faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and/or $250,000 in fines on each count.On February 28, 2013, the Pennsylvania Office of Disciplinary Counsel suspended Kevra-Shiner’s law license for four years as a result of these activities.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the charges.The case was investigated by the FBI and is assigned to Senior Litigation Counsel Bruce Brandler for prosecution.

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