January 13, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
INSURANCE CO. EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal
theft charges against Chinetta Coles, 30, of Woodlawn. In a 52-count
indictment filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Coles
was charged with stealing $110,983.97 from her employer, State Farm
charges allege that from August 1998 through March 2001, Coles drafted
51 State Farm checks and deposited them into her account.
If convicted of theft, Coles could be sentenced to serve 15 years
in prison and fined $1,000.
indictment follows a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance
Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the
Office of the Attorney General. An indictment is an accusation of
wrongdoing, and every individual is presumed innocent until the
charges are proven by the State. No trial date has been set.