May 10, 2006
FORMER ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today that Marsden Coates, 41, of the 7500 block of
Ashton Way in Baltimore
County pleaded guilty to felony insurance fraud in the Circuit
Court for Baltimore County. Coates had been charged with submitting
fraudulent documentation and statements to GEICO Insurance Company
and Ohio Casualty Insurance Company in support of insurance claims
totaling over $12,000.00. The conviction follows a joint investigation
conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance
Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. The Honorable
Robert E. Cahill sentenced Coates to two years’ incarceration
and suspended that sentence in favor of eighteen months probation.
He also ordered Coates to pay appropriate restitution.
In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor, the court
learned that Coates submitted fraudulent medical bills for doctor
visits and physical therapy sessions that allegedly occurred from
September of 2004 through November of 2004. Coates who actually
had been in an auto accident in August of 2004 later admitted to
investigators that the medical documentation was fraudulent and
that he never received treatment during that period. Coates, a
former attorney, had consented to his disbarment in December of
2003 for unrelated misconduct.