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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2005
Media Contact:
Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

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.

The charges 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.

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