Washington Woman Sentenced for Misdemeanor Theft in Insurance
MD ( September 22, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that Belinda Diana Smith, 45, of Fort Washington,
pled guilty and has been sentenced on a single count of misdemeanor
theft. Prince George’s County District Court Judge Joel D.
Worshtil imposed an 18 month suspended sentence, and ordered two
years probation and 50 hours of community service.
From February, 2005
through June, 2006, Randii Adams, who is the defendant’s
cousin, worked as the office manager for a dental practice in
Upper Marlboro. While employed at the dental practice,
Adams filed false insurance claims using the names of her family
members, including Smith. The insurance company, Ameritas Life
Insurance Corporation, wrote checks reimbursing the dental office
for the false claims. After the checks were sent to the dental
office, Adams endorsed them to Smith who then cashed the checks
and split the money with Adams. The dentist notified the insurance
company and police that she thought Adams and Smith were involved
in the fraud. An investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division
of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland State
Police revealed that Adams and Smith stole $5,810.40 from Ameritas.
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
Attorneys General Roberta Siskind and Ilene Nathan for their work
on the case.