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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
dpaulson@oag.state.md.us

Adelphi Man Charged with Insurance Fraud and Felony Theft
MAIF paid more than $43K on alleged false auto theft claim


Baltimore, MD ( July 11, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Nestor Mouapi, of Adelphi, has been charged with one count each of insurance fraud and felony theft. An arraignment is scheduled for July 30 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

The indictment alleges that from August 20, 2007 through December 14, 2007, Mouapi sent false documents and made false oral statements to his insurance company -- the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) -- regarding the theft of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe. MAIF paid $43,474.25 on the claim.

A fraudulent insurance claim having a value of $300 or more is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine. Felony theft carries a maximum sentence of 25 years incarceration and a $25,000 fine.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and the defendant is presumed innocent unless the State proves his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The case is being prosecuted by the Insurance Fraud Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland State Police.

   

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