Lisa Kline, 42, of Albany; April Martin, 37, of Colonie; and Harry Mercado, 36, of Albany, were arraigned in Town of Colonie Court after being arrested by police for stealing approximately $122,000 from Progressive Insurance Co. and $352,000 from Mercury Insurance Co.
The New York State Insurance Department reports that scheme was carried out while Kline was employed as a claims examiner by Progressive between 2000 and 2006, and later when she worked for Mercury. She was fired December 2009. A joint investigation by the department’s frauds bureau and Colonie police revealed that Kline enlisted Martin and Mercado to cash checks made out to legitimate claimants who were unaware the checks had been issued.
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