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Anne Arundel County Woman Sentenced in Felony Theft Scheme
Office manager given six months incarceration, must pay restitution


Baltimore, MD ( Jan. 11, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Shirley Rae Owens, 31, of Arnold, was sentenced in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County on one count of felony theft having a value over $100,000. Judge William C. Mulford, II imposed a sentence of five years incarceration with all but six months suspended, five years probation and ordered restitution in the amount of $98,050.

"This is the type of crime that raises insurance rates for law-abiding consumers," said Attorney General Gansler. "This sentence tells anyone tempted to commit insurance fraud that this is not a victimless crime and there will be serious consequences when you're caught."

The 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 firm, The State Farm Insurance Company (State Farm), in support of fictitious claims seeking benefits for room and board fees associated with hospital confinements of her child. 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 in turn spent on various vacations and consumables.

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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