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


March 1, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BELTSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR INSURANCE FRAUD

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Raymond W. Boteler of Beltsville, was sentenced by Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Hovey Johnson, after having pleaded guilty on October 18, 2001 to one count of felony insurance fraud.

In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor at the time of the guilty plea, the court learned that on November 28, 1997 Raymond Boteler reported that his house had been burglarized. Boteler filed a claim of loss with Allstate Insurance Company, and 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 Hovey Johnson sentenced Boteler to three years of incarceration in the Division of Corrections, suspending all but three weekends of the sentence in favor of three years of supervised probation. Boteler will be required to serve the three weekends consecutively in the Prince George’s County Detention Center beginning March 8, 2002. Boteler will also be required to make restitution to Allstate Insurance Company in the amount of $13,500.

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

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