November 22, 2004
MAN CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing
of criminal insurance fraud charges against Hugh O. Whitaker, 34
years old, of Severn, Maryland. The indictment follows a joint
investigation conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the
Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney
General. In a nine count criminal indictment filed in the Circuit
Court for Anne Arundel County, Whitaker was charged with: making
false and misleading statements in support of an insurance claim
he had filed with the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, attempted
felony theft, making a false statement on an application for insurance,
operating a motor vehicle without insurance and related traffic
The charges allege that between May 20, 2004 and July 22, 2004
Whitaker made oral representations he knew to be false and misleading
in support of an insurance claim for an automobile accident that
occurred on May 18, 2004. The charges also allege that Whitaker
did not have automobile insurance on the date of the accident.
Finally, Whitaker is alleged to have made a false statement when
he applied to the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund for automobile
insurance on May 20, 2004.
convicted of felony insurance fraud, Whitaker could be sentenced
to serve 15 years in prison and fined $10,000. If convicted of
attempted felony theft Whitaker could be sentenced to serve 15
years in prison and fined $1,000.
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.