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


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

WALDORF WOMAN GUILTY OF INSURANCE FRAUD

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Dorothy Faye Mortimer, 59, of Waldorf, Maryland, was convicted and sentenced in Prince Georgeís County Circuit Court after she pleaded guilty to felony insurance fraud. As an independent insurance agent operating the Callis & Faulkner Insurance Agency, Mortimer misappropriated premium payments that her clients had sent to her.

In a statement of facts, the court learned that between August 1998 and July 1999, Mortimer misappropriated $25,555.23 in insurance premium payments made by the Kastronis Company, and that between October 2000 and January 2001, Mortimer misappropriated an additional $14,256 in insurance premium payments made by the Kastronis Company. Additionally, Mortimer made false statements and representations to representatives of the Kastronis Company and Zurich Insurance Company concerning insurance applications; and that she exhibited false documents certifying that insurance policies had been issued to the Kastronis Company.

Judge Joseph J. Casula sentenced Mortimer to an eight-year period of incarceration, suspended the sentence in favor of probation for five years and ordered that Mortimer make restitution to the Kastronis Company in the amount of $31,994.23. Judge Casula directed that Mortimer be confined through the jailís home detention program for a period of 18 months.

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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