March 29, 2004
WOMAN, ON PROBATION FOR INSURANCE FRAUD, CHARGED AGAIN
J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of criminal insurance
fraud charges against Dorothy Faye Mortimer,
61, of Waldorf, Maryland. In a five (5) count criminal information
filed in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Mortimer
was charged with misappropriation of insurance premiums, felony
theft, exhibiting false documents about the affairs of insurers
and acting as an insurance producer without being licensed to do
so. The indictments follow a joint investigation conducted by the
Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration
and the Office of the Attorney General. A criminal information
is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every individual is
presumed innocent until the charges are proven by the State.
allege that on May 8, 2003 Mortimer misappropriated and stole
$1,800 in insurance premium payments from Preeminent
Protective Services. The charges also allege that on May 7, 2003
Mortimer acted as an insurance producer despite the fact that she
was not licensed to do so. Finally, the criminal information contains
an allegation that on November 18, 2003, Mortimer, with the intent
to deceive, exhibited a document, namely a “Certificate of
Liability Insurance”, certifying that an insurance policy
had been issued to Preeminent Protective Services, Inc. when in
fact there was no such policy in effect.
Mortimer has been found guilty of violating the insurance fraud
laws of the State of Maryland on two prior occasions. She was found
guilty August 14, 2000 of failing to return premium payments and
was granted probation before judgement. Mortimer was subsequently
convicted on November 30, 2001 of misappropriation of premium payments.
She was sentenced to eight years in prison of which she was ordered
to serve eighteen months of home detention. The remaining six and
one-half years of incarceration was suspended in favor of probation.
Mortimer was on probation at the time of the alleged misconduct
in the current criminal information.
The court has granted Mortimer personal recognizance pending
trial but she has been prohibited from being at her place of
business, Callis and Faulkner Insurance Agency on Allentown Road
in Camp Springs, or working in the insurance industry. Trial
has been scheduled for June 7, 2004. If convicted of insurance
fraud, Mortimer could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison
and fined $10,000. If convicted of felony theft, Mortimer could
be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and fined $1,000. If
convicted of acting as an insurance producer while not being
licensed to conduct such business Mortimer could be sentenced
to up to fifteen years incarceration and up to a $10,000 fine
if convicted of the felony misconduct, or up to eighteen months
incarceration and up to a $10,000 fine for the misdemeanor misconduct.