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For Immediate Release

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AG Gansler Secures Guilty Plea in Insurance Fraud Case
Prince George's County woman convicted of felony theft


Baltimore, MD (May 2, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Christina Denise Simmons, 36, of Upper Marlboro, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Frederick County to one count of felony theft. The charge stemmed from a scheme to defraud Simmons' automobile insurance company. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, before the Honorable Julie Stevenson Solt.

"Stealing from an insurance company is like stealing from every Marylander who buys insurance," said Attorney General Gansler. "Crimes like this drive everyone's insurance rates higher."

The investigation revealed that between November 16, 2005 and March 30, 2006, Simmons sent false documents and made false statements to her insurance company, State Farm, in support of a fictitious stolen automobile claim. As a result, State Farm issued a check on January 13, 2006 in the amount of $21,563, payable to the vehicle's lien holder. State Farm later discovered Simmons had retained possession of the vehicle until she arranged for its sale to CarMax on February 27, 2006.

This conviction follows a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General.

In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Timothy S. Lake for his hard work and the Maryland State Police for their invaluable assistance in this investigation.

   

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