AG Gansler: Adelphi Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud Scheme
Payout from false claim filed on car shipped overseas must be reimbursed
Baltimore, MD ( Dec. 7, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Nestor Mouapi, 53, of Adelphi, has been sentenced for a 2007 insurance fraud scheme in which he falsely claimed his vehicle was stolen. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul Hackner sentenced Mouapi to 364 days incarceration with all but 30 days suspended, placed him on five years probation and ordered him to repay the full amount of the claim. Mouapi pleaded guilty on November 12 to one count of felony theft over $500.
"Insurance fraud increases the cost of vehicle coverage for all Marylanders," said Attorney General Gansler. "In this case, the defendant concocted a brazen scheme to rip off the state insurance fund and we're pleased that the judge's sentence ensures that taxpayers and insurance customers will be made whole again."
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 on the case and the Maryland State Police for their assistance in the investigation.