November 15, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
INSURANCE AGENT CONVICTED OF
INSURANCE FRAUD AND FELONY THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Kimberly Tellis,
33, of Lutherville, pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Theft
and one count of Felony Insurance Fraud 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 and felony theft
of the resulting commissions that she received.
Honorable John Grason Turnbull, II sentenced Tellis to three years
incarceration, suspended that sentence and placed Tellis on three
years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to continue
paying restitution to Amerus Life insurance company.
a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor, the court learned
that between the dates of September 21, 1999 and November 30, 1999,
Tellis created and submitted 11 fictitious life insurance policies
and received approximately $14,600 in commissions for these fraudulent
Tellis simply created bogus insurance policies out of thin air so
she could cash in on the commissions," Attorney General Curran
The conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance
Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the
Office of the Attorney General.