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An Avoca attorney who fraudulently collected more than $88,000 for title insurance policies she never purchased has been suspended for four years by the state Supreme Court.

Susan C. Kevra, 45, with a business address of 748 Grove St., Avoca, was suspended as of Feb. 28 based on her actions involving her title search company, G.K. Abstract, according to report by the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court.

According to the report:

Beginning on Dec. 8, 2003, Kevra had a contract with Stewart Title Guaranty Co. to issue title insurance policies to purchasers of real estate. That contract ended on Sept. 23, 2008, but Kevra continued to hold herself out as an agent of Stewart.

Kevra issued a total of 88 policies, but did not remit any portion of the premiums she collected to Stewart. As such, she defrauded the banks and purchasers of the real estate, who believed they had purchased insurance protect their interests when, in fact, they had not.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a disciplinary action against Kevra in December 2011. She never responded to the petition and did not take part in a hearing before the Disciplinary Board relating to the matter.

The board determined Kevra engaged in professional misconduct and recommended a four-year suspension of her law license. The Supreme Court adopted its recommendation in its entirety.

Kevra could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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