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For Immediate Release

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Attorney General Gansler Obtains Guilty Plea in Insurance Fraud Case
Prince George's County Schools speech pathologist convicted of felony theft

BALTIMORE, MD ( Oct. 17, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Gladys Jenkins, 46, of Bowie, was convicted and sentenced on a single count of felony theft. Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Vincent J. Femia imposed a two year sentence, all of which was suspended, and ordered her to complete two years' probation, 100 hours of community service and $18,599.98 restitution.

“Insurance fraud increases costs for all Maryland consumers,” said Attorney General Gansler. “This office is committed to ensuring that law-abiding Marylanders don't pay the price for the illegal scams and schemes of others.”

An investigation revealed that Jenkins, a speech pathologist with the Prince George's County school system, filed five disability claims with her insurance company, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC) from May 27, 2009, through January 2, 2010. Jenkins sent fraudulent documents purportedly from the Prince George's County school system and from various doctors' offices in support of her claims. Upon receipt of the various documents, AFLAC sent checks totaling $18,599.98 to the defendant.

Further investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration determined the signatures on the documents supplied to AFLAC were not the doctors' signatures or identification numbers. Additionally, an employee of the Prince George's County school system confirmed that she never filled out any documents for Ms. Jenkins and the signatures on the documents sent to AFLAC were forged and not hers.

It was also verified that the defendant was working during the periods she claimed to be unable to work. The defendant met with an insurance fraud investigator and admitted to sending false documents to AFLAC and depositing all the checks from AFLAC into her bank account in Prince George's County.

This conviction follows a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) and the Office of the Attorney General. In making the announcement the Attorney General thanked Assistant Attorney General Roberta Siskind for her work on the case, and MIA Investigator Homer Pennington and the Maryland State Police for their invaluable assistance in this investigation.

   

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