Burtonsville Man Convicted
of Making False Death Claim
MD ( June 29, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that Alpha Mamadou Bah, 51, of Burtonsville,
was sentenced today on a single count of insurance fraud. Judge
Durke G. Thompson of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County
sentenced Bah to 364 days suspended and ordered Bah to pay
a $2,500 fine.
In June 2002, Alpha
Bah reported the death of his brother, Elhadj Bah, to Minnesota
Life Insurance Company and made a claim on his
brother’s life insurance policy. In support of the claim,
Bah submitted documents purportedly from the police and a hospital
in Guinea, a small nation in western Africa. Minnesota Life investigators
discovered documents indicating Elhadj was alive as recently as
June of 2004 and records also indicate Elhadj Bah filed Maryland
State Tax Returns for 2004.
The indictment and
conviction followed a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance
Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance
Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. In making
today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant
Attorney General Bernard L. Taylor on his successful prosecution
of the case.