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For Immediate Release

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Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Former Towson Insurance Agent Convicted of Felony Fraud

BALTIMORE, MD ( December 8, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Carl Meil, Jr., 74, of Towson, was sentenced today on a single count of felony insurance fraud. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Turnbull, II imposed a six month suspended sentence, five years probation, $294,617 restitution and a $30,000 fine.

The investigation revealed that as part of his responsibilities as a Maryland agent of The Hartford Insurance Company, Meil received premium payments from his commercial clients and forwarded these payments to The Hartford. In October 2007, Meil began to keep the premium checks for himself. By April 2008, Meil withheld roughly $380,000 in premium payments. After admitting that he owed money to The Hartford, he sent the company several checks. Those checks then bounced.

In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Harris for his work on the case. This conviction 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.


   

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