Allegany County Man Arrested on Insurance Fraud Charges


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 28, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the arrest of Timothy Scalla, Sr., 46, of Little Orleans, Maryland on charges he made a series of fraudulent insurance claims with his homeowner's carriers. Scalla, who until recently lived on Summit Avenue in the Rosedale section of Baltimore County, was indicted on October 12th by the Grand Jury for Baltimore County on four counts of felony insurance fraud and three counts of felony theft. He surrendered to the Maryland State Police on October 25th and was released on his recognizance later that day. Each count in the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 15 years incarceration.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that Scalla submitted a fraudulent insurance claim with Allstate Insurance Company in September of 1995 seeking reimbursement for property losses he allegedly sustained due to a theft. This claim, the indictment alleges, resulted in Scalla wrongfully obtaining approximately $4,000 in insurance benefits from Allstate. Additionally, the indictment alleges Scalla submitted three more fraudulent insurance claims with Travelers Insurance in June 1997, December 1997 and March 1998 in which he again sought reimbursement for property losses he said were sustained as a result of various thefts. Two of these three false claims were paid by Travelers resulting in losses of approximately $14,400.00.

The case was investigated by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office. The Insurance Fraud Division, which is staffed by investigators from the Insurance Administration, troopers from the State Police and prosecutors from Attorney General's Office, is a unit responsible for investigating fraudulent insurance acts in this State. A trial date has yet to have been scheduled for this case.

An indictment is method by which one can be charged with a crime under Maryland law and is merely an accusation. A criminal defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357