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


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

BALTIMORE WOMAN CONVICTED OF INSURANCE FRAUD AND PERJURY

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Rene M. Tyler of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud and one count of perjury in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Judge Thomas E. Noel sentenced Tyler to a 14-year suspended prison sentence and placed her on supervised probation for three years.

According to the statement of facts, between October 1999 and March 2000, Tyler falsified receipts, other documents, and made false statements, as she attempted to convince Royal-Sun Alliance Insurance Company to pay her over $88,000 to replace property that she claimed was taken from her home during burglaries on two dates in October 1999. Additionally, Tyler lied when being questioned about the validity of her claim during an examination while under oath. Tylerís testimony included her insistence that a Nordstrom receipt dated July 11, 1999, that listed purchases including electronic products, was a valid receipt. A representative of Nordstrom examined the receipt and pointed out numerous errors, noting that Nordstrom does not sell electronic products.

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

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