November 21, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MAN CONVICTED OF INSURANCE FRAUD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Dennis Louis
Heflin, 44, of Prince Frederick, Maryland was convicted of insurance
fraud. A jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County found
Heflin guilty of filing false information in support of an insurance
claim for long-term disability benefits.
jury heard evidence that on August 11, 1997 Heflin submitted an
application for long-term disability benefits claiming that he had
been injured on March 6, 1997, that he was not working due to his
injury and that his injury would keep him from working in the future.
The jury also heard evidence, however, that Heflin worked as a route
salesman for Lance's, Inc. from April 24, 1997 through June 20 1997
and then in the same capacity for Tom's Foods, Inc. from July 7,
1997 through October 16, 1997. When the Hartford insurance company
discovered that Heflin was employed during the time he claimed to
be disabled, the company compared the job duties Heflin had as an
assistant manager at Food Lion at the time he stated he was injured
to the duties of the job position he held at Lance's and Tom's and
determined that the work done for Lance's and Tom's was more physically
demanding. Heflin had received over $63,000 in benefit checks by
the time Hartford discontinued the payment of benefits.
The trial was presided over by Judge Donald Davis, who ordered a
pre-sentence investigation prior to setting a sentencing date. Heflin
could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $10,000.
charges and trial follow a joint investigation conducted by the
Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration
and the Office of the Attorney General.