Ex-Baltimore City Public Works Employee Convicted in Felony Theft Scheme
Man must pay back nearly $7,000 in undeserved benefits from 13 false claims
Baltimore, MD (Nov. 8, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Calvin Otis Smith, Jr., 41, of Baltimore, pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City to one count of felony theft scheme having a value of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000. Judge Lynn Stewart Mays sentenced the defendant to two years incarceration, all of which was suspended, placed him on five years probation and ordered him to pay $6,881.68 in restitution.
"Conjuring up false injury claims to get money he didn’t deserve landed this individual in hot water," said Attorney General Gansler. "Our team of investigators worked hard to ensure this criminal’s scheme would not go unpunished."
An investigation revealed that from January 12, 2009 through October 13, 2010, Smith, then an employee at the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, sent fraudulent documents to his insurance company, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac), in support of fictitious claims seeking benefits for accidents that allegedly occurred at home. The defendant filed 13 separate claim forms alleging he was unable to work due to these accidents. However, documents in support of these claims were fraudulently submitted by the defendant. As a consequence of these fabricated claims, Aflac sent Smith a series of benefit checks totaling $6,881.68.
The 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 the investigation.