Businessman Sentenced for Felony Fraud
MD ( July 19, 2010) -Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that Ghassan Issa, 48, of Finksburg, pled
guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to one count
of felony insurance fraud. Judge John G. Turnbull ordered probation
before judgment and placed Issa on probation for one year.
As a condition of his probation, Issa must perform 30 hours
of community service and pay a $20,000 fine.
On July 27, 2006, Issa filed an insurance claim with his insurer,
Harford Mutual Insurance Company. Issa claimed that a broken water
pipe caused over $74,000 in damage to a Reisterstown restaurant
that he was renovating. Issa alleged that the property and restaurant
equipment had been damaged. Issa produced several invoices and
estimates in support of his claim and Harford Mutual paid out on
the full amount of the claim. Further investigation revealed that
the estimates and invoices were fraudulently obtained and the damaged
equipment had not been in the basement at the time of the flood.
Issa subsequently reimbursed Harford Mutual for a portion of the
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. In making
today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant
Attorney General Benjamin Harris for his work on the case.