October 18, 2005
COUNTY MAN CONVICTED IN AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE SCAM
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Darryl
R. Hardy, 39, of the 9900 block of Forest View Place
pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County to felony
insurance fraud. The conviction follows a joint investigation conducted
by the Office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Fraud Division
of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland State
Police. The Honorable D. Warren Donohue ordered a pre-sentence
investigation and scheduled sentencing for January 10, 2006.
In a statement of facts presented by the
prosecutor, the court learned that Hardy had submitted numerous
accident insurance claims totaling over $29,000.00 between October
of 2001 and March of 2005 wherein he reported that his vehicle
had been damaged by debris falling from another vehicle, usually
a commercial truck, when, in fact, no such incident occurred. Often,
he also claimed that broken glass from the windshield had sprayed
into his and/or his children’s eyes. In many instances, according
to the statement, he did not even own the vehicle purportedly damaged.
To effectuate his scheme, Hardy would submit altered or fabricated
repair shop estimates or bills in support of his claims.
Hardy could be sentenced to serve up to fifteen years for this