AG Gansler Announces Sentencing in Theft of Insurance Premiums
Virginia woman pocketed payments, instead of forwarding to insurance company
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 27, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Dannette M. Carter, 43, of Weems, Va., was sentenced in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County on one count of felony theft having a value over $500. Judge Jan Alexander imposed a two-year sentence, all of which was suspended, and placed the defendant on two years probation and ordered her to pay $826.58 in restitution.
“Stealing clients’ hard-earned money is inexcusable,” said Attorney General Gansler. "I applaud the owner of this business for doing the right thing by calling local law enforcement when he saw a crime was committed."
The investigation revealed that from August 2003 through September 2004, Carter, a former insurance agent employed by HBW Insurance Agency ("HBW") in Towson, collected premiums from a client, Mr. Rezeke Kameche. Instead of forwarding the premiums to the insurance company, Carter kept the money. When the client discovered he was uninsured, he notified the owner of HBW, Howard Weisberg. When he asked Carter to explain her actions, she admitted in a letter that she took premium money from the client without his permission and kept the money instead of forwarding it to American Skyline Insurance Corporation. Weisberg conducted a full investigation of all the defendant’s accounts and reported Carter’s activities to the Baltimore County Police Department.
The restitution will pay back the money stolen from Mr. Kameche.
This conviction follows a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Gansler thanked the Maryland State Police for their assistance in this case.