July 15, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
INSURANCE COMPANY EMPLOYEE JAILED FOR THEFT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Chinetta
M. Coles, 30, of Woodlawn, was sentenced to serve five years in
prison, with all but 12 months suspended, after being convicted
of felony theft in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Coles
pled guilty to stealing $110,983.97 from her former employer, State
Farm Insurance Company.
to the statement of facts given in support of the plea, Coles, an
assistant to claims examiners in the Owings Mills Office of State
Farm, opened closed automobile claims files and wrote checks that
she then deposited into her personal bank account using automated
teller machines. From August 1998 to March 2001, Coles wrote 51
checks after opening some 37 claims files and then re-closing them.
Upon learning of Coles thefts, State Farm terminated her employment
and reported the crimes to the Maryland Insurance Administration,
Insurance Fraud Division.
Patrick Cavanaugh imposed the sentence and additionally ordered
Coles to pay full restitution to State Farm. He also ordered Coles
to perform 500 hours of community service.
indictment followed a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance
Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the
Office of the Attorney General.