A public adjuster has been convicted of swindling eight homeowners out of their insurance claims and fleeing his home state of California.

According to the California Department of Insurance (CDI), Norman Hugh Baker posed as a licensed public adjuster and conned eight homeowners out of almost $100,000. The scheme involved Baker convincing homeowners that he would help them with claims from rain damage. He obtained several insurance claim-settlement checks issued to him and the homeowners. After receiving the checks, homeowners were instructed to endorse them to Baker, who claimed he would use the funds to conduct property repairs.

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