March 6, 2006
POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH THEFT
AND INSURANCE FRAUD
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today
the filing of criminal theft and insurance fraud charges against
Calvin Roots, 39, of Forestville, Maryland. In a six (6) count
indictment filed in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Roots
was charged with stealing $8,991.95 in insurance benefits from
State Farm Insurance Company in 2001 by making false statements
in support of an insurance claim. Roots is a Washington, D.C. Metropolitan
Police Officer. The indictment follows a joint investigation conducted
by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration
and the Office of the Attorney General.
The charges allege that between September 8 and November 30, 2001,
Roots made oral statements and presented documentation containing
false and misleading information concerning a claim with State
Farm Insurance Company.
If convicted of theft, Roots 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.
An indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every
individual is presumed innocent until the charges are proven by
the State. A trial date of May 15, 2006 has been tentatively set.