NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


March 30, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BALTIMORE WOMAN CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal insurance fraud charges against Rene Marie Tyler, 32, of Baltimore, Maryland. In a nine count criminal indictment filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Tyler was charged with filing false insurance claims and perjury.

The charges allege that beginning on October 4, 1999 and continuing through March 13, 2000, Rene Marie Tyler submitted false information to an insurance company claiming to have lost as much as $80,000 in property as a result of burglaries of her home that she claimed to have happened on October 3, 1999 and October 11, 1999. The perjury charges allege that Tyler lied when examined under oath by counsel employed by the insurance company investigating her insurance claim.

In a related case, Tyler was charged in a one-count indictment filed in the Circuit Court for Carroll County with making a fraudulent statement in an application for homeowner's insurance. The charges allege that on June 30, 1999, Rene Marie Tyler falsely represented that she had a home security system when she applied for homeowner's insurance during the purchase of a home located in Baltimore. The premium for an insurance policy for a home with a security system is lower than that for a home without a security system. If convicted of insurance fraud, Tyler could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $10,000.

If convicted of perjury, Tyler could be sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.

The indictments follow a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every individual is presumed innocent until the charges are proven by the state. No trial date has been set.

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