June 20, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MINORITY OWNER OF TOWSON-BASED INSURANCE COMPANY CHARGED WITH INSURANCE
FRAUD AND THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing of felony
insurance fraud and felony theft charges against Michelle Lyons
Baker, former secretary and minority owner of Towson based National
Insurance Services. In a three-count criminal information filed
in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Baker was charged with
committing felony insurance fraud and stealing approximately $543,000
from various premium finance companies from January 2000 through
this month, Alfred Murray Slattery, president and majority owner
of National Insurance Services, was charged in a seven-count criminal
information with committing insurance fraud and stealing over $1,574,000
from several premium finance companies.
indictment follows a joint investigation conducted by the Office
of the Attorney General, the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland
Insurance Administration and the Maryland State Police. If convicted
of felony theft or insurance fraud, Baker could be sentenced to
serve up to 15 years in prison on each count.
information 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.