June 28, 2005
TOWSON INSURANCE AGENT CHARGED WITH FELONY INSURANCE
FRAUD AND THEFT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing
of felony insurance fraud and felony theft charges against Danette
Michelle Carter, 31, a former insurance agent who had been employed
by the HBW Insurance Agency in Towson. The indictment follows a
joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland
Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General.
The owner of the Agency originally reported the suspected thefts
to the Maryland Insurance Administration.
In a nineteen-count criminal indictment filed in the Circuit Court
for Baltimore County, Carter (whose last known address was in the
4800 block of Clifton Avenue in Baltimore County) was charged with
misappropriating approximately $6,000.00 in insurance premiums
from ten clients of the insurance agency where she worked. The
alleged thefts occurred between August of 2003 and October of 2004.
If convicted, Carter could face up to fifteen years in prison on
each felony count. No trial date has been set. A criminal indictment
is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every individual is
presumed innocent until the charges are proven by the State.