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AG Gansler Secures Conviction in Felony Theft Scheme
Anne Arundel woman falsified insurance claims


Baltimore, MD ( Nov. 13, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Shirley Rae Owens, 30, of Arnold, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County to one count of Felony Theft over $100,000. The maximum penalty for Felony Theft over $100,000 is 25 years incarceration and a $25,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, before Judge William C. Mulford II.

"Lying about an insurance claim is not only illegal, it causes everyone else's rates to increase," said Attorney General Gansler. "My office will not let these criminals off the hook and allow honest, law-abiding citizens to pay the price."

An investigation revealed that from September 9, 2008 through July 27, 2010, Owens, a former insurance company office manager, sent false documents and made false oral statements to her own insurance company, The State Farm Insurance Company (State Farm), in support of fictitious claims seeking benefits for room and board fees associated with a child's hospital stays. Consequently, from September 10, 2008 through May 12, 2010, State Farm issued a series of benefit checks totaling $100,250 payable to Owens, which she spent on various items.

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 Timothy S. Lake and MIA investigator Marlene Green for their hard work on the case and the Maryland State Police for their assistance in the investigation.

   

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