California dentist stole patient identities to take out life insurance policies, dept. of insurance says

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A Marina del Rey, Calif.-based dentist and licensed insurance agent allegedly used the personal information of her patients to take out life insurance policies on them, according to the California Department of Insurance and cited by KTLA.

Milagros Macaraig, DDS, has been charged with identity theft tied to an alleged life insurance scheme. Investigators claim Dr. Macaraig used the information of two patients to sign them up for life insurance policies without their knowledge.

The two patients became aware of the identity theft when their insurer contacted them during the underwriting process.

Officials say Dr. Macaraig signed the two patients up for life insurance policies to collect commissions on the applications. Signing them up would have also increased her number of clients.

Dr. Macaraig allegedly submitted the applications with an electronic signature and paid the initial premium with a money order, KTLA reports.

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