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Insurer that paid theft claim sues woman it claims stole the cash

Union Leader Correspondent

December 14. 2017 12:56AM

LACONIA — The insurance company that paid $10,400 to Laconia Country Club to settle a theft claim has filed a lawsuit against the woman accused of stealing the cash.

On Dec. 5, attorney Diana O’Hara of Framingham, Mass., representing Continental Best Western Insurance Company based in Urbandale, Iowa, filed a complaint in Belknap County Superior Court.

The golf club’s policy indemnified them for — among other things — direct losses sustained as a result of employee theft.

According to the suit, the club submitted a claim after discovering that between Jan. 2016 and continuing until May 12, 2016, when she was fired, that business administrator Marnie Watson, of Laconia, had committed theft by deception by not making bank deposits and keeping $11,400 in cash.

Continental is asking a judge to order Watson to reimburse the company for the $10,400 it paid to the country club, plus an additional $1,000 that represents the deductible on the policy that the business had to pay, citing Watson’s “dishonesty” while acting as the insured’s agent as the cause of the loss.

The insurance company must file proof with the court that Watson has been served notice of the suit by Feb. 16. Watson then has 30 days to respond.

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