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


December 4, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

LANHAM WOMAN GUILTY OF INSURANCE FRAUD

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Sandra R. Alford, 62, of Lanham, Maryland was sentenced her August 23 guilty plea to 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 sentenced Ms. Alford to five years’ incarceration with all but six months of that sentence to be suspended followed by a period of probation. The six months will be served through home detention with electric monitoring.

In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor last August, the court learned that the insurance company had paid Ms. Alford over $125,000 in long-term disability benefits between May of 1988 and January of 2000. Investigation revealed, however, that Ms. Alford had been working during that 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 followed an investigation conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General.

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