February 14, 2006
CECIL MAN CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD AND THEFT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing
of criminal insurance fraud charges against Harry Walter Hepbron,
44, of Elkton, Maryland. In a four (4) count indictment filed in
the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Hepbron was charged with
making false statements in support of a claim and theft. The charges
allege that on November 1st, 11th and 18th 1998, Hepbron made false
statements to the Erie Insurance Company and on January 12th 1999
did steal insurance benefits having a value of $20,488. The case
was filed in Montgomery County where the alleged false claim was
received by Erie.
If convicted of theft, Hepbron could be sentenced to serve 15
years in prison and fined $25,000. He also faces 15 years imprisonment
and a $10,000 fine if convicted on the insurance fraud counts.
The indictment follows a joint investigation conducted by the
Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration
and the Office of the Attorney General. A criminal information
is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every individual is
presumed innocent until the charges are proven by the State. No
trial date has been set.