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


October 25, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BELTSVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INSURANCE FRAUD

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Raymond W. Boteler of Beltsville pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud in Prince Georgeís County Circuit Court. Boteler had been charged with conspiring with two others to submitting false insurance claims, submitting a false insurance claim for property losses resulting from a report of a burglary, and theft.

In a statement of facts, the court learned that on November 28, 1997, Boteler reported that his house had been burglarized and that he filed a claim of loss with Allstate Insurance Company. Between November 28, 1997 and April 13, 1998 he submitted fraudulent receipts in support of his claim of loss. The value of the items for which false receipts were submitted exceeded $13,500.

Judge G.R. Hovey Johnson found Boteler guilty and deferred sentencing pending a pre-sentence investigation of Botelerís background. As part of any sentence imposed, Boteler will be required to make restitution to Allstate Insurance Company in the amount of $13,500. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 12, 2001.

The conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General.

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