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Insurance agent in Penn. gets probation for unauthorized sales

August 21, 2017, Altoona, PA — A former Altoona insurance agent will be on probation for seven years after pleading guilty Friday to an insurance fraud charge.

Christopher Drenning, 32, Moon Township, Allegheny County, has also agreed to make restitution to be determined at a forthcoming hearing.

Charges filed by the state attorney general’s office indicate that Drenning sold a health insurance plan to a Hollidaysburg company in 2014 even though he had no authorization to do so. When employees with that company tried to use the plan, coverage was denied.

Charges indicate that Drenning, at the time of the offense, was working independently with the Teeter Group of Altoona, which subsequently terminated its association with him and subsequently paid out almost $20,000. That amount would likely be part of Drenning’s restitution, along with any payments requested by the company that purchased the health insurance policy.

Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron, who accepted the plea on Friday, elected to immediately impose the probationary sentence of seven years, subject to the payment of restitution.

“In cases like this, the essential part is the restitution,” Milliron said.

Drenning is not related to and is not the same Chris Drenning who coaches the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School boys basketball team and who is an insurance agent in good standing with State Farm Insurance.

The state Attorney General’s Office filed the insurance fraud charges in January.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.

Source: Altoona Mirror

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