The Kansas Insurance Commissioner's office has suspended the license of a Bel Aire insurance agent who federal prosecutors accuse of stealing money from the estate of a retired Wichita school teacher.
The order said J. Matthew Pennington diverted the bulk of the receipts from a $1 million life insurance policy to his own bank accounts.
Prosecutors are trying to seize Pennington's $555,000 home in Bel Aire, as well as a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a 2007 Mercedes that they said were purchased with fraudulently obtained funds.
Pennington has not been charged criminally.
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The federal investigation arose from Pennington's handling of the estate of Marlene Brown, who was found dead in her northwest Wichita home on Oct. 28, 2009.
Brown, who was 75 and never married, worked for 37 years as a teacher, coach and principal for the Wichita public schools.
After her death, prosecutors said, Pennington told three beneficiaries of Brown's estate that her car had been given to a single mother and that her two flat-screen television sets had been given to a family that Brown had befriended.
Prosecutors said one of the televisions was seized during the execution of a search warrant at Pennington's home on May 24. They said the other television ended up at the home of Pennington's father.
They said Pennington gave the car, a 2002 Lincoln, to his father.
The emergency order said Pennington kept a baseball owned by Brown that was autographed by Babe Ruth and valued at $100,000. Brown had asked that the ball be given to her personal physician, the emergency order said.
Pennington could not be reached Friday for comment. A message left at his office phone number was not returned.