Woman charged for felony insurance fraud crimes

By KBJR News 1

Woman charged for felony insurance fraud crimes

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Charges have been filed in Ramsey County based on allegations that Saint Paul and Spooner, Wisconsin resident, Linda A. Brost committed a number of offenses, including insurance fraud, theft by swindle, aggravated forgery, and identity theft.

According to an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Insurance Fraud Division, Brost allegedly forged documents and stole the identity of her deceased client with the purpose to obtain at least $46,769 from his estate.

According to the criminal complaint, Brost was hired by Arthur Fischbach to draft his last will and testament.

After gifts were distributed to personal friends, his wishes detailed the remaining assets were to become part of an estate to be split between the Church of St. Francis De Sales and the Shriners Hospital.

The complaint alleges that after drafting Fischbach’s last will and testament in 1993 and Fischbach’s subsequent death in 2005, Brost used her deceased husband’s expired notary stamp, altered the expiration date and forged his signature to fraudulently notarize her own signature on a certificate of trust for her client, Fischbach.

Based on these allegations and evidence, Linda A. Brost has been charged with six counts including insurance fraud, theft by swindle, and identity theft, all felony crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $20,000 .

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