September 12, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
AGENT CHARGED WITH
INSURANCE FRAUD AND FELONY THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal
insurance fraud charges against Kimberly Tellis, 33, of Lutherville,
Maryland. In a 12-count criminal indictment filed in the Circuit
Court for Baltimore County, Tellis was charged with making false
and fraudulent statements and representations to Amerus Life Insurance
Company in reference to several life insurance policies. Tellis
was also charged with committing felony theft of the resulting commissions
that she received.
charges allege that between the dates of September 21, 1999 and
November 30, 1999, Kimberly Tellis, an insurance agent, created
and submitted 11 fictitious life insurance policies. She received
approximately $14,600 in commissions for these fraudulent policies.
If convicted of felony insurance fraud or felony theft, Tellis could
be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. The indictment follows
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.