Arizona Insurance Agent, Founder of Christian Counseling Service Convicted for Defrauding Elderly Clients of More Than $1 million
A former Tucson insurance agent who also ran a Christian counseling service has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for defrauding multiple clients, many of them elderly, out of more than a million dollars.
Koreasa “Kory” Williams was sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release in U.S. District Court in Tucson Dec. 17.
Williams, 46, was the owner of GLAM Insurance Services LLC of Tucson, doing business as Williams and Associates, and held a valid Arizona health and life insurance agent’s license.
According to an indictment, she stole the money from her clients by contacting the insurance companies where they held annuities and asking to withdraw funds without the clients’ knowledge or consent.
She then directed the life insurance companies to wire the fraudulently obtained funds directly to her personal bank account and used them for her personal benefit, per the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.
She forged clients’ names on the request forms in most cases, although the clients sometimes signed the forms without fully understanding their purpose, officials said.
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The crimes took place between 2011 and 2018.
She was charged with 65 counts of wire fraud and eight counts of aggravated identity theft but agreed under a plea deal to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Williams also had started a Christian counseling service called Kingdom Alignment Ministry, traveling to North Carolina several times in the past two years with court permission as she awaited trial to participate in a Living Waters Ministry certification program, Tucson.com reported, citing court records.
The website and social media sites for the counseling service have been closed.
A hearing next month will determine how Williams will make restitution to her victims.
“It is essential that individuals who use their position and skill to harm others be held accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Gary Restaino. “We are grateful to our partners at the FBI for bringing this case forward and are hopeful that its resolution will bring some closure for the victims.”