Woman Indicted for Insurance Fraud - Harford County
MD ( October 22, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Churchville resident Gwendolyn
Austin, 47, was indicted in the Circuit Court for Harford County
for insurance fraud and felony theft.
The charges allege that from October 2006 through April 2007,
Austin fraudulently prepared, signed and submitted applications
for life insurance on behalf of seven people. Austin used the names
of real people, but did not use their real addresses. None of the
seven had sought any insurance coverage through Austin. Austin
collected about $4,400 in commission money on the seven fraudulent
policies. No trial date has been set.
Felony theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration
and a $25,000 fine. Felony insurance fraud is punishable by a maximum
sentence of 15 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.
The indictment follows
a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the
Maryland Insurance Administration, the Maryland
State Police and the Office of the Attorney General. In making
today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant
Attorney General Benjamin Harris and Maryland State Trooper Mujaihid
Jones for their work on the case. A criminal charge is merely an
accusation of wrongdoing and the defendant is presumed innocent
unless the State proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.