June 29, 2005
BALTIMORE CITY POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Baltimore
City Police Officer Eric Spilman pleaded guilty to felony insurance
fraud. Officer Spilman had been charged with making fraudulent
statements to Progressive Insurance Company in support of an automobile
insurance claim. The plea follows a joint investigation conducted
by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration,
the Maryland State Police and the Office of the Attorney General.
In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor, the court
learned that Officer Spilman, of Grain Court in Baltimore County,
reported to the insurance company
that he was driving his vehicle when it was involved in an accident on February
20, 2005. In fact, his wife, Lori Spilman, who did not have a driver’s
license and was excluded from the policy, had been driving the vehicle. The court
also learned that Spilman called the other individual involved in the accident
and asked her to report to the insurance company that he was the driver.
The Honorable Susan M. Souder sentenced Spilman to Probation before Judgment.