Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud
MD ( January 21, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Joseph Francis Brooks, 46,
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pled guilty in Montgomery County
Circuit Court to a single count of conspiracy to commit insurance
fraud. Judge Michael J. Algeo imposed a five year suspended
sentence and 18 months probation.
In June 2002, while
living in Baltimore, Brooks conspired with his cousin, Pierre
Lamont Taylor to stage an armed robbery of Taylor
for the purpose of making a false worker’s compensation claim
with Taylor’s employer, United Parcel Service (UPS). On August
14, 2002, Taylor, while working for UPS in Montgomery County, was “robbed” by
Brooks. Brooks and Taylor not only staged a “robbery,” but
Brooks also actually shot Taylor in his right leg. On August 21,
2002, Taylor filed an insurance claim with Liberty Mutual Insurance,
the compensation insurer for UPS. In November 2004, Liberty Mutual
Insurance paid a lump sum disability payment of $250,000 to Taylor,
who in turn shared some of the money with Brooks. A former friend
of Taylor’s reported the fraud to Liberty Mutual. Taylor
confessed to Maryland State Police that he and Brooks got the idea
for the staged robbery from watching television.
When sentencing Brooks,
Judge Algeo said he has spent most of his working life as an
attorney, a prosecutor and a judge and “this
ranks as one of the dumbest things” he has seen anyone do.
The 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.