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


February 13, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BALTIMORE MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING "INSURANCE PREMIUMS" FROM SENIORS

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal insurance fraud and theft charges against Gerald Miller, Jr., 39, of Baltimore. In a 22-count criminal indictment filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Miller was charged with misappropriating insurance premium payments and theft of money.

Miller was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued on February 11, 2002, ordering that he be held on $100,000 bond. The indictment contains felony theft and insurance fraud counts, and misdemeanor theft and insurance fraud counts. The charges allege that between September 29, 2001 and December 17, 2001, Gerald Miller, Jr., misappropriated and stole money from three senior citizens totaling more than $5,000 that victims believed to be Medicare supplemental insurance policy premiums.

If convicted of felony insurance fraud, Miller could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $10,000. If convicted of felony theft, Miller could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $1,000. The charges of misdemeanor theft and insurance fraud carry sentences of 18 months in prison and $500 in fines.

The indictments follow a joint investigation conducted 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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