Beltsville Woman Convicted
of Felony Insurance Fraud
MD ( September 16, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Patricia Strong, 49, of Beltsville,
was convicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s
County of felony insurance fraud. Judge Michael Whalen sentenced
Strong to a three year suspended sentence and one year supervised
The investigation revealed
that Strong’s home was burglarized
between July 27 and August 1, 2008. On August 8, Strong submitted
to State Farm, her insurance company, a document claiming lost
property worth $172,000. She then supplemented the claim with a
phone conversation with a State Farm representative on August 20.
Confronted again on November 7, 2008, Strong admitted the claim
was falsified and withdrew it.
The conviction follows
a joint investigation 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 Benjamin
A. Harris and Maryland State Trooper Mujaihid Jones for their work
on the case.