August 5, 2005
TWO MARYLAND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEES CHARGED
IN LICENSING SCAM
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing
of criminal charges in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City against
two former Maryland Insurance Administration Agent Enforcement
Officers, William E. Unkle and Joseph E. Wolfe. Unkle, of the 18000
block of Piedmont Road in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, was charged
with unauthorized access to computers. Wolfe, of the 6800 block
of Church Road in Felton, Pennsylvania, was charged with conspiracy
to gain unauthorized access to computers.
allege that, while both individuals were employed by the Administration,
Unkle gained unauthorized access to the
M.I.A.‘s licensing system and caused the system to reflect
that both Wolfe and Unkle had insurance producer licenses when
in fact they did not. M.I.A. officials subsequently learned of
their actions, revoked those licenses and referred the matter to
the Office of the Attorney General.
If convicted, Both Unkle and Wolfe could face up to three years
in prison. No trial date has been set. A criminal information is
merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every individual is presumed
innocent until the charges are proven by the State.