June 25, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
COOK, A.K.A. "SINGING DENTIST," SENTENCED ON INSURANCE FRAUD AND
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Elmer E. Cook,
53, of Baltimore County was sentenced today after pleading guilty
in January in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to one count
of felony insurance fraud and one count of felony theft. Cook, a
dentist whose license to practice had been revoked, was convicted
of providing false documentation to and stealing over $41,000 from
various insurance companies.
Honorable Christian M. Kahl sentenced Mr. Cook to five years' incarceration
with all but eight months of that sentence to be suspended followed
by a period of probation. The eight months will be served through
home detention. The court also ordered that Cook pay $41,449 in
In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor last January,
the court learned that from March of 1996 through March of 1998,
Cook billed several insurance companies over $97,000 for dental
services that he never performed. Cook received over $41,000 in
illegitimate insurance reimbursements during this period.
Office of the Attorney General will continue to work with the Insurance
Administration to crack down on the serious and costly crime of
insurance fraud," Attorney General Curran said.
conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance
Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the
Office of the Attorney General.