July 28, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CITY POLICE OFFICER CHARGED
WITH INSURANCE FRAUD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal
insurance fraud charges against Lawrence A. Brunt, Jr., a police
officer employed by the Baltimore City Police Department. In a four
count criminal indictment filed in the Circuit Court for Frederick
County, Officer Brunt was charged with making false and misleading
statements in support of an insurance claim that he had filed with
State Farm Insurance Companies.
charges allege that between February 22, 2002 and February 26, 2002,
Officer Brunt made oral representations that he knew to be false
and misleading in support of an insurance claim for more than $3,800.
If convicted of felony insurance fraud, Officer Brunt could be sentenced
to serve 15 years in prison and fined $10,000.
indictments and criminal information follow a joint investigation
conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance
Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. A criminal
indictment or criminal 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.