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


September 14, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN CHARGES WALDORF INSURANCE AGENT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal insurance fraud charges against Dorothy Faye Mortimer, 58, of Waldorf, Maryland. In a nine-count criminal indictment filed in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Mortimer was charged with Misappropriation of Insurance Premiums, Felony Theft, Making False Statements in Reference to Insurance Applications, and Exhibiting False Documents About the Affairs of Insurers.

The charges allege that between August 25, 1998, and July 10, 1999, Mortimer misappropriated and stole $25,555.23 in insurance premium payments by the Kastronis Company. The charges also allege that between October 12, 2000 and January 10, 2001, Mortimer misappropriated and stole an additional $14,256 in insurance premium payments by the Kastronis Company. Additional charges include two allegations of false statements and representations to representatives of the Kastronis Company and Zurich Insurance Company concerning insurance applications, and three allegations of exhibiting false documents certifying that insurance policies had been issued to the Kastronis Company.

If convicted of insurance fraud, Mortimer could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $10,000. If convicted of felony theft, Mortimer could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $1,000.

The indictments follow a joint investigation 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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