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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
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Adelphi Man Convicted of Felony Theft in Insurance Scheme
Insurance claim filed on car shipped overseas


Baltimore, MD ( Nov. 9, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Nestor Mouapi, 53, of Adelphi, was convicted on a single count of felony theft over $500. The maximum penalty for felony theft is 15 years incarceration and a fine. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul Hackner, who presided over the guilty plea, scheduled sentencing for December 6.

Mouapi, a former taxi driver, filed an insurance claim and police report with the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) alleging his 2007 GMC Denali was stolen on August 17, 2007. MAIF, Mouapi's insurer, paid $43,474.25 on the claim.

An investigation revealed Mouapi's Denali had been shipped overseas to Tunisia on July 3, 2007, six weeks prior to the filing of his claim.

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 Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Harris and MIA investigator Homer Pennington for their hard work, and the Maryland State Police for their invaluable assistance in this investigation.

   

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