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


August 27, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

LANHAM WOMAN CONVICTED OF INSURANCE FRAUD

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Sandra R. Alford, 61, of Lanham, Maryland pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Insurance Fraud in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Alford had been charged with fraudulently submitting false documentation to the Hartford Life Insurance Company in reference to a disability claim. The Honorable Steven I. Platt ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for October 11, 2001.

In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor, the court learned that the insurance company had paid Ms. Alford over $125,000 in long-term disability benefits between May 1988 and January 2000. Investigation revealed, however, that Ms. Alford had been working during that entire period. Furthermore, during that time period, Ms. Alford, on several occasions, submitted written documentation to the insurance company indicating that she was not working.

The conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State Police. Ms. Alford faces up to 15 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine on the felony insurance fraud conviction.

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